K">TURKMENISTAN (4 June)

TURKMENISTAN (4 June)

The outlook for the 1998 grain harvest is satisfactory. FAO tentatively expects the 1998 grain harvest to be about 800 000 tonnes, well below the target of 1.2 million tonnes. In 1997 the country produced 730 000 tonnes from 539 000 hectares. Indications are that the aggregate area sown to grains, and particularly wheat, has increased somewhat. Growing conditions to date have been satisfactory but not as good as last year. Average yields, however, could benefit from the availability of agricultural credit and improved incentives to produce on land held in leasehold.