9 February 2000
French want more time for maize sales

FRENCH farmers have asked the EU to consider extending the time for selling maize into intervention stocks.

The present cut-off date is 31 May, but French maize producers group AGPM says the current system forces them to sell stocks into intervention months before the new harvest comes on stream.

They are asking for the period to be extended until August.

The French cereals office, ONIC, forecasts that farmers could offer between 800,000 and 1 million tonnes of French maize into intervention stocks in 1999-2000 due to an expected surplus this season.