The Central Statistics Agency (CSA) announced this week that over 229.4 million quintals of harvest is expected from this year's main harvest. This is an increase of 10.5 million quintals compared to the equivalent amount produced by last year's main harvest. The forecast is for the "kremt" harvest following the main rainy season which ended in September, and does not include the "belg" harvest or late harvested crops.
CSA Director General, Samia Zekaria, said 12.4 million hectares of land was utilized for agriculture during 2012, and the forecast showed increases in all major staple crops. She cited the steady progress in the use of agricultural inputs by farmers as a major reason for increases in production.