India 2016-17 rabi maize output seen at 7.9 millon tonne, up 14.7%.

India rabi maize output in 2016-17 (Oct-Sep) is seen rising 14.7% on year to 7.9 million tonne. Acreage under the coarse grain has risen 11.7% on year to 2.1 million hactare in 2016-17, with gains in Bihar. Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra because of good water availability in these states. In Tamil Nadu, however, area under the crop declined because of prolonged drought conditions. The brokerage has pegged average yields at 3.9 tonne per ha, up 5.4% on year. Output in Bihar, the largest producer of rabi maize producer, is seen at 2.8 million tonne compared with 2.4 million tonne a year ago. Despite a rise in output, export demand for maize is expected to remain largely unchanged at 500,400 tonne. In 2015-16, India exported 500,600 tonne of maize.