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Growing Demand from Peru's Poultry Industry to Drive Corn Production

05 March 2014
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

PERU - FAS Lima forecasts Peru’s wheat production in MY 2014/15 (July/June) to reach 230,000 metric tons (MT), down 3,000 MT or one per cent from its MY 2013/14 estimate of 233,000 MT.

According to the USDA's Peru Grain and Feed Annual 2014, the total wheat crop area harvested for MY 2014/15 is forecast to fall by 2,000 hectares to about 150,000 hectares as farmers shift to quinoa cultivation.

FAS Lima forecasts total wheat consumption almost unchanged at 1.905 million metric tons (MMT) in MY 2014/15; registering only a small increase of 5,000 metric tons (MT) from MY 2013/14.

FAS Lima forecasts Peru’s wheat imports in MY 2014/15 at 1.75MMT, up 30,000MT or about two per cent compared to MY 2013/14.

FAS Lima forecasts corn production in MY 2014/15 (October/September) to reach 1.76MMT, up 40,000MT or over two per cent from USDA's MY 2013/14 estimate of 1.72MMT.

This increase will be driven by growing demand from the poultry industry. FAS Lima forecasts Peru’s corn consumption in MY 2014/15 surpassing 4.0MMT, up 45,000MT from the previous year.

FAS Lima forecasts Peru’s corn imports in MY 2014/15 at 2.3MMT, up 50,000MT or over two per cent compared to MY 2013/14.

Lower international prices of corn triggered the activation of the price band in August 2013, granting within quota US-origin corn an advantage versus corn from Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.

FAS Lima forecasts rice production in MY 2014/15 at 2.1MMT (milled basis), anticipating a drop of about 56,000MT or a decrease of almost three per cent compared to MY 2013/14 levels.

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