We have a bit more detail from the Central Statistics Office behind this recent government announcement on maize output :
More detailed data via the CSO Bulletin.The 2009/2010 Crop Forecasting Survey (CFS) results show that production of Maize is expected to increase by 48.1 percent from 1,887,010 metric tonnes during the 2008/2009 agricultural season to 2,795,483 metric tonnes during the 2009/2010 agricultural season. The results also show that area planted to maize increased by 10.4 percent from 1,125,466 hectares to 1,242,268 hectares. Furthermore, area harvested to maize is expected to increase by 18.5 percent from 911,492 hectares during the 2008/2009 agricultural season to 1,080,558 hectares during the 2009/2010 agricultural season. The average yield rate of maize per hectare is also expected to increase from 1.7 metric tonnes per hectare in 2008/2009 agricultural season to 2.3 metric tonnes per hectare in 2009/2010 agricultural season. This represents a 34.2 percent increase.
The increase in maize production in the 2009/2010 agricultural season could largely be attributed to the good price farmers received last season and the adequate rains in most parts of the country. In addition, more farmers reported using hybrid seed than recycled or local seed this agricultural season compared to the 2008/2009 agricultural season. At provincial level, the highest maize yields are expected to be recorded in Central province at 3.0 metric tonnes per hectare, where as the lowest yields are expected to be recorded in Western Province at 1.0 percent. All the provinces are expected to record increases in yields compared to the previous season