BAMAKO, NOVEMBER 17, 2016 – Mali produced a record 2.81 million tonnes of rice in its 2016-17 season, up 20 percent from last year and above an initial crop forecast, provisional government statistics showed on Thursday.
The West African country produced 2.33 million tonnes of unprocessed paddy rice last season and forecast 2.71 million tonnes for 2016-17. It now has a projected surplus of 565,000 tonnes, said statistics officer Namory Diabate.
The increase was due to good rainfall, an increase in cultivated areas, the modernisation of farming equipment and fertilizer subsidies, Diabate said.
Mali is Africa’s second largest rice producer behind Nigeria. The rice season includes a production phase from May/June to September/October followed by a marketing phase from October/November to the end of March.