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The period from August to September marks the growing and early harvesting period for paddy and maize. This crop situation update provides a brief overview on the current crop situation and outlook for these main crops, particularly in the 32 districts covered by surveillance activities of the food security monitoring and analysis system.
The previous issue of the Crop Situation Update (August 2006) provided two scenarios regarding the expected decline in paddy production. Scenario I estimated a total loss in national rice production of 527,000 mt. Scenario II, based on more optimistic assumptions,estimated the decline to be 285,000 mt.