Romania came first in the European Union in 2015 by the area cultivated with maize, and second by maize production after France, because of lower crop yields, according to provisional data released on Thursday by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).
Romania’s maize production dropped in 2015 by 26 percent to 8.87 million tons, because of the -26.5 percent decline in the yield, but the cultivated area increased 0.6 percent from 2014.
In 2015 Romania had 2.52 million hectares cultivated with maize, followed by France and Hungary with 1.62 million hectares and 1.15 million hectares, respectively.
According to INS data, last year France was by far the EU leader by the maize production with 13.55 million tons, followed by Romania with 8.87 million tons, Italy and Hungary with 7.07 million tons and 6.54 million tons, respectively.
As far as the wheat crop is concerned, Romania ranked fifth in 2015 by the cultivated area and the production which was 3.5 percent larger because of the higher yield (+7.0 percent).
Thus, France and Germany hold the top two spots by the wheat production with 42.81 million tons (5.49 million ha) and 26.55 million tons (3.28 million ha), followed by the United Kingdom with 16.17 million tons of wheat harvested in 2015 from a area of 1.83 million ha.
Romania’s wheat production last year was of 7.85 million tons obtained from 2.043 million hectares.