Mali forecasts 11 pct rise in 2017/18 grain output, rainfall helps


Mali expects grain production in the 2017/18 season to rise by about 11 percent to 9.8 million tonnes, a government document showed on Monday, boosted by good rainfall and irrigation techniques. Rice, maize and millet account for the bulk of the West African country's grain production.

An agriculture ministry planning document also cited a 5 percent increase in cultivated farmland and the use of
government-subsidized fertilizer and tractors as reasons for the rise.

The total cost of the season will be 287.67 billion CFA francs ($473.92 million), of which 59.8 billion CFA francs will be state subsidies, the document showed.

Last year Mali produced a record 8.85 million tonnes of grain, a 10 percent increase over the year before.

The farming season in Mali runs from April to March and includes a production phase from May/June to September/October and a marketing phase from October/November to March 31.

Below is a table giving a breakdown of cereal production.

All figures are in tonnes:
                   2017/2018 Forecast    2016/2017 Production
 Millet           2,114,670             1,806,559
 Sorghum          1,704,506             1,393,826
 Rice             3,017,410             2,780,905
 Maize            2,914,001             2,811,385
 Wheat/Barley     28,015                40,187
 Fonio            41,967                16,740
 Total            9,820,244             8,849,551

 NOTE: Production figures for 2016/17 have been revised from an earlier publication by the agriculture ministry.


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