Global rice production in 2017 is expected to remain broadly stable.World cereal utilization in 2017/18 is set to expand by 1 percent from the previous year.Disappearance is defined as domestic utilization plus exports for any given season.
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The Cereal Supply and Demand Brief provides an up-to-date perspective of the world cereal market.
World trade in cereals in 2017/18 is forecast to remain close to the 2016/17 estimated volume, with an expected decline in wheat trade largely offset by larger shipments of maize, sorghum and rice.
Overall, given the ample size of export supplies, competition among major exporters in 2017/18 is expected to remain stiff.
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