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Fall maize harvest at 6 mln tonnes

Crops

Around 6 million tonnes of maize were harvested in the fall from 1 million hectares of sown area, the Agriculture Ministry said on Wednesday quoting state secretary for farming and rural development Zsolt Feldman.

For maize the average yield per hectare was 6 tonnes, some 26% below the average in the previous five years. The harvest volume is around 65-70% that of past years, but enough to fulfill domestic demand, he said.

Sunflower harvest came to 1.7 million tonnes from 655,000 hectares of sown area. Average yield per hectare was 2.6 tonnes, around 5-10% below the average in 2020 and also that of the past five years.

Soybean harvest was 164,000 tonnes from 63,000 hectares with an average yield of 2.6 tonnes per hectare. The average yield was unchanged from last year's and 6% below the five-year average.

The fall harvest was significantly affected by the drought in August-September, which mainly caused losses for maize producers. The damage was more moderate for other fall crops, Feldman said.

During fall, 960,000 hectares of land were sown with winter wheat and barley was sown on 261,000 hectares. Both areas are 10% larger than they were in the fall of 2020.

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