Malawi to have humper harvest

Malawi expects to harvest 3.9 million tonnes of maize this year, an 8 percent rise from last year, boosted by good rains and farm subsidies, a government official said on Monday.

Principal secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Jeffrey Luhanga, said with an annual maize consumption of about 2.9 million tonnes the southern African country would have a surplus of about one million tonnes.

Maize is a staple in Southern Africa and countries with a surplus crop mostly export to neighbouring countries in deficit.

The country requires about 2.6 million tonnes of maize.

Last year, Malawi government projected a maize surplus of 740 000 metric tonnes.

In 2012 the country harvested 3.6 million metric tonnes in 2011 Malawi harvested 3.6 million metric tonnes.

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