FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
- Recent rainfall increased moisture levels and benefited planting of the winter wheat crop
- Maize production in 2010 recovered from last year's low output and is estimated at above average levels
- Prices of main staples have been generally stable since January 2010
Wet weather returned to Uruguay favouring planting of the winter wheat crop
Planting of the winter wheat has recently started in the departments of Colonia, Soriano, Río Negro and Paysandú. Although scattered and heavier over the central-south and northwest coastal departments, generally average rainfall levels in May benefited the planting of the crop. In April, drier weather conditions prevailed over most of the country, favouring harvesting of the coarse grains crops.