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Bulgaria's sunflower seed production seen at 24-yr high in 2017 - EC

Bulgaria's sunflower seed production seen at 24-yr high in 2017 - EC Author: William Ismael Licence: CC BY-ND 2.0

SOFIA (Bulgaria), July 18 (SeeNews) - Production of sunflower seed in Bulgaria is projected to hit a 24-year high of 2.08 million tonnes in 2017, the European Commission's agriculture directorate has said.

The forecast sunflower seed output in Bulgaria in 2017 will be 15.7% higher year-on-year, which is the highest rate of increase among EU member states, the Agriculture and Rural Development Directorate said in a report last week.

In 2017, sunflower yield in Bulgaria is expected to increase by 16.7% year-on-year to 2.6 tonnes per hectare, the directorate said.

Bulgaria's wheat output is expected to fall by 6.4% to 5.25 million tonnes in 2017, from the 24-year high of 5.6 million tonnes produced in 2016. Wheat yield is expected to edge up 0.4% to 4.8 tonnes per hectare this year.

Bulgaria is expected to produce 2.8 million tonnes of maize in 2017, up by 25.4% compared to the previous year. Maize yield is seen 25.1% higher at 6.8 tonnes per hectare in 2017.

Details follow:

  production in tonnes pct change yield in tonnes per ha pct change
sunflower seed 2,082,000 15.7 2.6 16.7
rapeseed 474,000 -6.6 2.9 -2.9
wheat 5,247,000 -6.4 4.8 0.4
barley 580,000 -18.7 4.3 -2.4
maize 2,783,000 25.4 6.8 25.1

Source: EC