shanti-Agro-AdA West African Country, Mali expects its grain production in the 2017-18 seasons to rise by about 11 percent to 9.8 Million Metric Tonnes (MMT), boosted by good rainfall and innovative irrigation techniques. Rice, maize and millet account for the bulk of the West African country’s grain production. According to the agriculture ministry, main reasons for the rice in production also include, a 5 percent increase in cultivated farmland and the use of government-subsidized fertilizer and tractors.

Last year Mali produced a record 8.85 million tonnes of grain, a 10 percent increase over the year before.The farming season in Mali runs from April to March and includes a production phase from May/June to September/October and a marketing phase from October/November to March 31. Forecast for 2017/2018 of rice is 3,017,410 Metric Tonnes (MT) while the production for rice in 2016/2017 was 2,780,905 MT. These production figures for 2016/17 have been revised from an earlier publication by the agriculture ministry.