Root & vegetable products rebound driving rise

Agricultural Exports Volume
July 2015

  Jul 15 Jun 15 May 15 Apr 15

Total Volume *
273.1 249.2 507.9 412.3

Root & vegetable products rebound driving rise

Total agricultural exports rebounded in July, rising by 9.6% over the month. Root vegetable products increased by almost double, particularly Cassava, Taro, and Yam exports. In addition, other vegetable products rose by more than triple, largely as a result of more beans and leaf vegetables exports such as Pele. Rainfall data over June and July increased by more than double which could have benefited the agricultural yields. Receipts of agricultural exports proceeds increased over this month coinciding with the overall monthly rise. However, Fruit products decreased caused by lower breadfruit exports which could be due to the season coming to an end. Additionally, coconut exports overall declined further contributing to the lower Fruit products.

In annual terms, total agricultural exports decreased by 23.4% as a result of declines in root vegetable products, other vegetable products, and fruit products. Almost all agricultural exports declined over the year, including Squash, Coconut, Yam, Cassava, and Taro crops. This coincides with a 36.5% decline in agricultural proceeds captured by the banking system. These actual figures are lower than the projected numbers NRBT had for total agricultural exports indicating that the agricultural sector is not as strong as initially expected. In addition, lower agricultural supply over the year coincides with the higher Domestic Food prices which caused headline inflation to increase. Furthermore, despite enabling conditions set in place such as managed funds loans to assist in boosting agricultural growth, the adverse weather conditions throughout the year had largely affected agricultural output.

On the outlook, the NRBT continues to expect the agricultural sector to rebound in the 2015/16 financial year. This projection is supported by the latest actual data available and liaisons with growers who have indicated that they are optimistic due to the upcoming harvest period for vanilla, coffee, and squash. However, the latest media release by the Meteorology Division advises of stronger El Niño conditions (drier than normal) for the upcoming three to six months. This poses a significant risk for the outlook of the agricultural sector. The NRBT will continue to closely monitor the country’s economic and financial conditions in order to maintain an adequate level of foreign reserves and promote price stability.

Agricultural Export Volumes

  Month ended *
Year ended Memo:
Share **
  Aug 15 Jul 15 Jun 15 Aug 14 Aug 15 Aug 14

Total 413.8 273.1 249.2 597.9 7,702.9 10,469.1 100.0
Squash - - - 32.6 2,172.1 3,828.2 28
Taro 182.6 55.6 3.5 116.5 1,620.3 1,790.5 21
Coconut 146.0 102.5 143.6 92.9 225.7 385.9 19
Yam 69.8 78.0 33.0 155.0 961.4 1,252.7 12
Cassava 3.1 5.7 55.5 145.0 876.5 1,745.5 11
Vanilla 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 4.1 2.2 0
Other 12.2 31.2 13.4 55.8 598.4 844.9 8

* Series is volatile due to seasonality of crops
** Based on the most recent 12 months of data
Sources: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Food and Fisheries
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