Hungarian farmers harvested 16.9 million tons of cereals in 2008, 75% more than a year earlier, according to preliminary Central Statistics Office (KSH) figures published on Tuesday.
Farmers grew cereals on 2.9 million hectares in 2008, 5% more than in 2007. The wheat harvest increased 42% to 5.65 million tons. The area on which wheat was grown was little changed at 1.1 million hectares, but yield per hectare jumped 40% to 5.0 tons.
The maize harvest rose 123% to 9.0 million tons. The area sown with maize rose 11% to 1.2 million hectares and average yield doubled to 7.5 million tons per hectare. The sugar beat crop dropped a sharp 69% to 532,000 tons because of the elimination of EU sugar subsidies and the closure of all but one of Hungary’s sugar refineries. Area on which the crop was grown shrank 78% to just 9,000 hectares.
The sunflower seed harvest increased 41% to 1.5 million tons. Average yield per hectare climbed 31% to 2.7 tons. Farmers harvested 656,000 tons of rape seed, 32% more than a year earlier. Average yield grew 19% to 2.6 tons. The potato harvest grew 15% to 646,000 tons. Growing area was unchanged at 25,000 hectares, but yield was up 35% at 25.7 tons per hectare. The alfalfa harvest increased 32% to 768,000 tons as average yields climbed 29% to 5.6 tons per hectare. (MTI-Econews)