Rice production in Guinea-Bissau is expected to increase this year by about 28 percent compared to 2014 but remain below the average of the last five years, according to an official report on the current agricultural season.
“Considering the different varieties of rice, it appears that rice production could reach 170,000 tons,” an increase of “28.1 percent compared to last year”, but still 8.9 percent below the average of last five years, said the document prepared by the government and cooperation partners.
The document said that besides the increase in production, the official sale price of rice rose from 350 CFA francs to 600 CFA francs (60 cents to 1 dollar) per kilogram, compared to the price charged in 2014 of 250-350 CFA francs (43-60 US cents) per kilogram.
Rui Fonseca, representative of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Guinea-Bissau, told Portuguese news agency Lusa in 2014 was “a terrible year for agriculture.”
The preliminary report on the agricultural campaign is drawn up every year by the FAO together with the World Food Programme (WFP), the Government of Guinea-Bissau and the Permanent Inter-State Commission for the Fight against Drought in the Sahel (CILSS).
This edition, focused on the agricultural campaign in progress, was based on surveys of 74 farms across the country and field visits between 28 September and 2 October. (macauhub/GW)