Cereal crop prospects for 2013 excellent but stocks tight-FAO

ROME Thu Feb 7, 2013 4:58am EST

ROME Feb 7 (Reuters) - Global cereals crops are expected to be excellent in 2013 unless weather turns very bad, but stocks are tight and climate-related shocks could cause prices to spike up violently, a senior economist at the U.N.'s Food agency said on Thursday.

"We should be expecting excellent crops in 2013 which could weigh heavily on prices," said Abdolreza Abbassian, a senior economist at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

"But the weather could turn negative, and because we are in a tight situation, prices could react violently and rise," he said.

(Reporting By Catherine Hornby)