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Hungary cereal harvest up 12% in 2011

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Hungary’s cereals harvest reached 13.8m tonnes in 2011, up 12.2% from the previous year and 2.9% more than the average annual harvest in 2006-2010, the Central Statistics Office said on Friday, citing preliminary data.

The wheat harvest was up 10.3% from the previous year at 4.1m tonnes and the maize harvest rose 15.8% to 8.1m tonnes. Average yield per hectare rose 13.5% for wheat and edged up 1.9% for maize.

The sunflower seed harvest jumped 41.0% to 1.4m tonnes from the previous year and was up 15.2% over the annual harvest for 2006-2010. Average yield per hectare climbed 23.3% on the year.

The sugar beet harvest fell 5.9% to 771m tonnes from 2010. The amount was almost 40% under the annual average for 2006-2010 because of the phasing out of European Union sugar subsidies which forced many farmers to start growing other crops.

The rape seed harvest reached 527m tonnes in 2011, practically level with the previous year.

Hungarian farmers harvested 564m tonnes of potatoes last year, 15.6% more than in 2010.

The alfalfa harvest declined 5.3% to 556m tonnes from the previous year as the area on which it was sown fell.

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