Serbia has exported 1.0 million tonnes of wheat since the start of July, which is an all-time high, with Serb wheat conquering new markets in Africa this year, news agency Tanjug quoted the director of grain company Zita Srbije, Vukosav Sakovic, as saying. Sakovic said sunflower exports also hit a record high of 110,000 tonnes in the first three months since they started after this year's harvest, adding the 400,000 tonnes of maize sold abroad is also at a satisfactory level. Maize is usually one of Serbia's main export items. Furthermore, Sakovic estimated the total value of grain exports since the start of the economic year at EUR 300mn , pointing out the annual foreign currency revenue from these exports is typically between EUR 600mn and EUR 1.0bn . The economic year for wheat exports lasts from July 1 of a given year until June 30 of the next one. For maize exports it starts on October 1 . As far as the wheat exports are concerned, according to Sakovic no more than 400,000 more tonnes will be sold abroad – as any bigger quantities could endanger the domestic market stability. He added there are two different data for this year's wheat harvest – the statistics office says 2.6mn tonnes, while Zita Srbije estimates it at 3.0 million based on information of producers. Concerning the maize exports, Serbia has not received any objection linked to toxins for the 400,000 tonnes sold abroad since October 1 . Sakovic said this year's sales prior to the harvesting were somewhat lower than the usual 500,000-700,000 tonnes because buyers waited to see the control check results. He added the goods passed successfully through the most rigid control of the EU and South Korea , where half of the exports go. Since this year's maize crop was some 6.0 million tonnes, there is a good chance according to Sakovic for the exports to reach the record high level of 2.4 million tonnes by the end of the economic year. The statistics office said in November Serbia's 2013 maize output increased 67.2% to 5.9mn tonnes, upgrading its September forecast made for a 62% increase to 5.7mn tonnes. The yield per hectare climbed to 4.975 tonnes from 2.802 tonnes/hectare in 2012. This year's maize crop is also by 3.3% above the 2003-2012 average.
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