U.K. Wheat Availability, Use ‘Finely Balanced,’ HGCA Says
U.K. wheat availability and consumption remain “finely balanced” as domestic use declines and exports remain “strong,” the Home-Grown Cereals Authority said.
Wheat available for export and storage may total 2.62 million metric tons, up 3.2 percent from a forecast at the beginning of the year, according to the report e-mailed today. About 1.8 million tons of the wheat was exported by the end of January, the Kenilworth, England-based HGCA said.
“What we’ve seen is exports have been strong,” Charlotte Garbutt, the author of the report, said by phone today. “Much of that 2.62 million tons will be exported and the remainder could be carried over as stocks.”
In total, about 17.7 million tons of wheat is expected to be available this year and 13.7 million tons may be consumed domestically, the HGCA said.
About 6.45 million tons may be used for animal feed, down 0.5 percent from January’s estimate, HGCA data show. Human and industrial consumption was forecast 0.7 percent lower at 6.85 million tons, as less may be used to make bioethanol, according to the report.
Exports last year totaled 2.66 million tons. The HGCA would not give an export forecast for the 2011-12 marketing year.
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bloomberg moderates all comments. Comments that are abusive or off-topic will not be posted to the site. Excessively long comments may be moderated as well. Bloomberg cannot facilitate requests to remove comments or explain individual moderation decisions.