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French 2022 sunseed crop fell to about 1.7 mln T - institute

PARIS, Nov 7 (Reuters) - France's sunflower seed harvest fell to around 1.7 million tonnes this year due to dry summer weather and despite a sharp rise in sowings, French oilseed technical institute Terres Inovia said on Monday.

The estimate, based on an area of over 840,000 hectares and an average yield of 2.05 tonnes per hectare (t/ha), was lower than the latest one issued by France's agriculture ministry last month at 1.83 million tonnes, based on a yield of 2.13 t/ha.

The institute stressed that despite the fall from last year the harvest remained above the five-year average of 1.5 million tonnes.

"This production will enable the industrial units to crush even more French sunflower seeds and ensure better supplies of oil and meal needs," it said.

Terres Inovia expects French farmers to continue increasing the harvestable area for the 2023 harvest, pegging it at 900,000 hectares. (Reporting by Sybille de La Hamaide; editing by David Evans)

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