Planting intentions for 2001 wheat campaign
stand at 200 000 hectares, representing a significant increase from the
120 000 hectares planted last year. The increase is due to the expectation
of higher wheat prices and the high yields obtained last year. Moreover,
farmers this year are expected to shift resources from beef production
into agriculture following recent outbreaks of foot and mouth disease.
Barley planting intentions are also on the increase. The recently harvested
maize crop is estimated at 200 000 tonnes. The Association of Rice Growers