HAITI* (1 June)
Normal weather conditions have benefited planting of the 1998 first season maize crop, which is about to be harvested, as well as harvesting of the irrigated crop currently underway. Early forecasts indicate a recovery in maize output from last year’s drought affected crop to an about average 200 000 tonnes. An average paddy output is also anticipated. Food assistance is, however, still provided by the international community.