Hungary harvested 5 million tonnes of wheat in 2013, up 25% from 2012, supported by 1.6% year-over-year increase in used arable land, government says; average yield/hectare up 23.5% to 4.6 tonnes in 2013

, January 23, 2014 () – Hungary harvested 5mn tonnes of wheat in 2013, up by 25% from 2012, data from the statistical office showed. The higher harvest was supported by 1.6% y/y increase in the used arable land. The average yield per hectare increased by 23.5% y/y to 4.63 tonnes in 2013.

Maize harvest grew by 41.2% y/y, backed by higher average production (up by 34% y/y) as well as by a 5.3% y/y rise in the sown area.

Among the other cereals, the harvested sunflower was up by 11.6% y/y despite a decrease in harvested area, rape seed production increased by 26.5% y/y mainly due to a higher harvested area, while sugar beet produciton edged down 0.3% y/y in 2013.

In total, the country's cereal production rose by 30.4% y/y to 13.5mn tonnes. The average production per hectare stood at 4.43 tonnes in 2013, up by 26.9% y/y.

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