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November 03, 2009

Moroccan wheat output may jump to record levels

by Tony C. Dreibus

Morocco will boost wheat output by 71 percent to a record 6.37 million metric tons in the marketing year that started on July 1 after “excellent weather” boosted yields, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

Farmers will collect wheat from 2.8 million hectares, down from 2.86 million hectares a year earlier, when production totaled 3.73 million tons, the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service said in a report. Imports will drop to 2.1 million tons from 3.2 million a year earlier, FAS said.

In a separate report issued on Oct. 30, the FAS estimated that Vietnam shipped 375,360 tons of rice in September, mostly to Africa.

Vietnam, the world’s biggest rice exporter after Thailand, will ship 5.5 million tons next year, according to the report. About 55 percent of all rice shipped from Vietnam in September was sent to Africa, the FAS said.


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