Provisional estimates of recently harvested secondary paddy crop indicate an output of about 3 million tonnes from 1 million hectares. The aggregate output of paddy for 1997/98 is officially estimated at 17.3 million tonnes, slightly below last year, but about 1 percent above the average for the previous five years. Planting of the main paddy crop for harvest in October is underway. The target for this year's aggregate paddy output is set at 20 million tonnes. In 1998, rice exports are estimated to be around 40 000 tonnes, more than 3 times higher than the 1997 export of 15 000 tonnes.