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Grain Harvests Increase

18 February 2010

NEW ZEALAND - Wheat, barley and maize grain harvests in New Zealand increased in the year to the end of June 2009, it has been announced.

Figures from Statistics New Zealand revealed that 408,400 tonnes of wheat were harvested in the 12 months, up by nearly a fifth on the previous year.

The 2009 Agricultural Production Survey also showed that barley harvests were up by ten per cent and maize grain was up a quarter.

"Favourable weather during the growing season and high wheat and barley prices at sowing time helped drive the increase," explained agriculture statistics manager Gary Dunnet.

A report from the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry pointed out that the year to the end of June 2009 saw record world wheat production.

It predicted a stabilisation of prices this year, adding that costs are likely to be higher than the historical average for the last decade.

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