Minister says Malawi expects ‘substantial’ reduction in maize crop

Malawi will see a “substantial decrease” in the maize harvest of its staple maize crop in 2015 due to a combination of floods and drought, Agriculture Minister Allan Chiyembekeza said on Wednesday.

Chiyembekeza: Maize shortage expected

Chiyembekeza: Maize shortage expected

Maize crops washed away with floods.- Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

Maize crops washed away with floods.- Photo by Jeromy Kadewere

Malawi, which had a bumper crop of 3.9 million tonnes in 2014 and a surplus of over a million tonnes, has experienced torrential rains, forcing its government to declare half of the country a disaster zone. Crops were damaged in the floods.

“The country will experience a substantial decrease of the harvest because of the recent floods that washed away thousands of crop fields and some dry spells experienced in some parts of the country,” Chiyembekeza told Reuters.

He could not give a specific estimate, saying his department is still accessing the damage.

“We are finalising everything and we will soon come up with the final crop estimate soon,” he said.

If Malawi recorded a deficit and needed to import, it could turn to neighbouring Zambia, which expects a record harvest with plans to export 800,000 tonnes of white maize.

Regional breadbasket South Africa, by contrast, expects to harvest 9.666 million tonnes of both white and yellow maize, over 30 percent less than the 2014 harvest and the smallest since 2007, so it is unlikely to be in a position to export significant quantities to neighbours.

Floods earlier this year in Malawi killed more than 100 people and left 173 missing. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in February said more than 300,000 people had been displaced.

 

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28 thoughts on “Minister says Malawi expects ‘substantial’ reduction in maize crop”

  1. ARICHO says:

    Chimanga ndi dilu osati loko

  2. BWAMPINI says:

    Anali kulankhula motumbwa ati tavotela pachimanga tikufuna chimanga osati loko muyisova chimanga woyeeeeeeeeeeeee

  3. BWAMPINI says:

    Alikuti aja ana votela chimanga mumayetsa kuvotela chimanga ndiye mukhala ndichimanga bwampin woyeeeeeeeeeeee

  4. Opportunist says:

    Tiphe makwacha ndi chimanga tinabisa chija.

  5. Bengo says:

    Ubwino wake tinavotela chimanga

  6. ,MYEGHA,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, says:

    kodi mukagula kuti chiman

  7. Patriot says:

    Tione dolo ndani pakati pa 3.9 million metric tonnes ya JB ndi 400,000metric tonnes ya ujeni kikiki. Aonekere mtsogoleri wotsogozedwa ndi Mulungu.

  8. papa says:

    Ndimadya mpunga ndi nthochi. Zanu izo za vingoma

  9. Mtambo says:

    Comment…ithank minster of agricuture for ansuring the public about disaster.so goverment should make good solution before things going rampant

  10. time says:

    These are signs of the coming of jesus, just prepar your soul for his coming.

  11. Shamz K says:

    Mayo ine!, koma chaka chino umhu!. Bola boma lingoyesetsa kugula chimanga maiko a kunja coz mmakukamu tayamba kale kupwetekanatu. kwathu kuno kwa Mtsiliza ( Lilongwe), thumba la 50kgs lafika kale Mk7,000.

  12. nana says:

    Don’t you eat spaghetti you people?musovatu

  13. Mathanyula Giraffitti says:

    Koma kumwera uko munya.Mwabelekana ngati majantcha ndipo tiwona gule chakachino kkkkk.Chaka cha mawa tipemphera kwa mulungu kuti chilala chikhaleko mwina mutundu wosamvawu uthelerethu kkkkkk.Ambuye mangani mabuleki Girraffittiyu akhawule kkkkkk.Alomwe kubelekana ngati makoswe mudya miyala chakachino kkkkkk.

  14. malawistandardnewspaper.wordpress.com says:

    Zambia our only hope

  15. Dil says:

    Please Honourable Minister donot think of importing just go flat out on commercial irrigation farming. Let us embrace commercial farming.

  16. Gonamkulawe says:

    DPP WATCH OUT! PPLE VOTED FOR U MAINLY FOR TWO POINTS (1} SECURITY {2}COMITTED IN HUNGER REDUCTION .NOW U HAVE FAILED ONE PART (SECURITY}IF U DONT TAKE CARE ON FOOD U WILL BE PULLED DOWN IN 2019 COZ MALAWIAN NEVER FORGETS PA ZA UFA MUMFUSE MULUZI PANOPA MUKULAMULIRA BWINO NDI 0.004%. PULL UP UR SOCKS

  17. Bokola says:

    Chilungamo nchoti galu wakuda chaka chino ayendera khomo n’khomo ndiye konzekeranitu osati kungosunga 5okg bag yachimanga kuti azagawane mabanja awiri 4 six month,no. yambiranitu kugawira anthu zipangizo zotsika mtengo ayambiretu panopa kubzala m’madimba osati kuti anthu atayamba kumwalira ndi njala mpamene mzayambe kuthamanga ntimatumba tanu.

  18. thocco says:

    Comment:zidze pano n’zatonse.

  19. ujeni says:

    Talk of drought should not be an issue, we are a small country landmass size and we have Lake Malawi, Shire river, Rukuru river, Songwe and many other bodies of water, why not go flat out with irrigation, what are we waitung for?

  20. Kadakwiza says:

    Useless government, so you are planning to declare another state of emergency. For 50 good years, our country is still the poorest in the world. Shame on you Chewas, Yaos, Lomwes for making us poor.

  21. Kapalepale says:

    Probably this is right place to post my comment I did elsewhere on the same issue.

    See we need to see government in serious infrastructure development of our country. It does not make sense that we cry about drought in the same year that we had torrential rains. Why can’t we have huge dams that could trap rain water on big rivers all across the country, and let people irrigate their land.

    I know that APM cannot think about this because
    (a) you’re busy planning JB arrest – which is a useless, and time wasting idea.
    (b) you’re plotting ways to steal government money soon after budget passes.
    (c)you’re wasting time on how to weaken opposition – like taking Chakwera to court on flimsy charges.
    (d) muli busy kuzama kuti mudzaberenso 2019.

  22. Gule Wa Mkulu says:

    Mbava izi. Zilibe mapulani. Kuba basi. In 2019 a Malawi tidadzavote chifukwa voti sigwira ntchito. Amaba mothandizidwa ndi majaji a katangalewa. Kenaka azopatsana maudindo. Za uchitsiru basi.

  23. Dr Moo Tha Leeker says:

    God punishing Pitara Munthalikah for stealing elections. It will be from one calamity to the other. Started with njuchi kufuna kuluma Pitara on day of voting, then came very devastating floods, storm winds, now njala. Amalawi tiphunzirepo phunziro. Izi zichitika mpaka another state funeral

  24. MBACHI says:

    Comment….OSANAMA APA. FERTILIZER WANGONGOLE PETER SIANAWAPATSE ANTHU. ATLEAST AMENE ANATHIRAMO AKOLOLA.

  25. zikomo says:

    Hon minister this is nit worth announcing every one can see for themselves disaster in the offing . What you should waste your energy on is you tell us what solutions has government put in place to avert hunger . Please offer us with hope and not doom .

  26. The Truthful One from the West says:

    Comment: what Malawians are keen to be told is what is it that government is already doing to avert the disaster of hunger and sharp increase in food prices. We already know the quantity of maize to be harvested has gone down.

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