Index presently at its highest degree since August 2018. International meals costs rose in February, with the FAO Meals Worth Index averaging 167.5 factors, up 1.7 p.c from January, partly pushed up by sharp will increase in dairy costs. The Index, which is an indicator of the month-to-month modifications in worldwide costs of a basket of meals commodities, is presently at its highest degree since August 2018, however nonetheless almost 2.three p.c beneath its worth on the similar month final yr. The FAO Cereal Worth Index averaged nearly 169 factors in February, up marginally from January totally on firmer maize costs. The FAO Vegetable Oil Worth Index elevated by 1.eight p.c, to 133.5 factors, marking its highest degree since October 2018. The rise in February was primarily attributable to greater worth quotations of palm, soy and sunflower oils.  The FAO Meat Worth Index was up barely, supported by greater costs of bovine and pig meat. The FAO Dairy Worth Index elevated by 5.6 p.c from January, pushed by a robust import demand for Skim Milk Powder, Entire Milk Powder and cheese. An anticipated seasonal drop in butter manufacturing additionally contributed to pushing up butter costs.The FAO Sugar Worth Index rose by 1.2 p.c from January, largely on issues over manufacturing prospects in a few of the fundamental producing nations. International cereal markets stay nicely provided in 2018/19 regardless of decrease manufacturing In its new Cereal Provide and Demand Temporary, additionally revealed right now, FAO lowered the world’s 2018 cereal manufacturing estimate to 2 609 million tonnes, down 2.eight million tonnes from January. The most recent revision rests nearly fully on a decrease estimate for america’ maize output and reinforces an general year-on-year lower in world cereal manufacturing.The FAO forecasts of world cereal utilisation and shares in 2018/19 have additionally been lowered this month. Nevertheless, the ratio of world cereal carryovers to utilisation (stock-to-use) in 2018/19, which is seen to fall from 30.5 p.c in 2017/18 to 28.three p.c in 2018/19, would nonetheless symbolize a comparatively snug degree.FAO’s forecast for world commerce in cereals in 2018/19 has been lowered by 2 million tonnes since final month to simply over 413 tonnes. Among the many main cereals, the forecast for world wheat commerce has been trimmed most, by round 800 000 tonnes, largely on weaker tempo in purchases by a number of Asian and South American nations. First wheat manufacturing forecast for 2019Whereas the majority of the winter wheat crop within the northern hemisphere continues to be in dormancy part, FAO’s first forecast of world wheat manufacturing in 2019 is pegged at 757 million tonnes. At this degree, this yr’s output could be 4.zero p.c above the extent attained in 2018 however nonetheless in need of the document excessive registered in 2017.