Maize planting and production down by more than 25%

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Almost 25% less maize has been planted compared to last season, according to the preliminary production forecast for summer crops from the Crop Estimates Committee (CEC).

The estimated size of the commercial maize crop is just short of 7,5 million tons, about 25,18% or 2,5 million tons less than the 9,9 million tons of last season, with an expected yield of 3,73 t/ha.

The preliminary area estimate for white maize is roughly one million hectares, which represents a decrease of 28,69% or 415 400ha compared to the more than 1,4 million hectares planted last season.

In the case of yellow maize the area estimate is 962 500ha, 20% less than the 1,2 million hectares planted last season.

The production forecast for white maize is 3,26 million tons, 30% less than the 4,7 million tons of last season. The yield is  expected to be 3,16t/ha.

For yellow maize, the estimate is 4,17 million tons, or 20% less than the 5,2 million tons of last season. The yield is expected to be 4,33t/ha.

The preliminary planting estimate for sunflower is up 7% from the previous season to 617 000ha. However, the production forecast is 622 000t, a decrease of almost 6% compared with the previous season.

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