Malawi maize outlook promising, 8.8% production increase expected – Report

Malawi’s maize production will increase by 8.8% in the 2020 crop season as much-needed rainfall helps to raise yields, its agriculture ministry said on Thursday.

An increase in maize crop production expected

The small southern African nation, among the poorest in the world, is heavily dependent on agriculture. The sector employs nearly 80% of the population and accounts for two thirds of export earnings, with maize forming the main food staple.

But harvests recently have been hit by a combination of extreme heat and heavy flooding, with El Nino-induced drought in recent years combining with electricity shortages and political uncertainty to rip a hole in the economy.

The country is targeting GDP growth of up to 6% this year after slack expansion of about 3% in 2018.

The increase in maize production is thanks to increased yields because of favourable weather conditions, Gray Nyandule-Phiri said in a statement.

The Principal Secretary  said that cumulative rainfall performance between November and January, the peak growing season, was much better than the same period last year.

“Most parts of Malawi received well-distributed normal seasonal rainfall,” he said, adding that Malawi was experiencing “El Nino Southern Oscillation Neutral conditions”, which would bring improved rainfall until March.

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Chisale
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Chisale

Good news. Our neighbouring countries are having hunger this year. Praise be to God.

wawa
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wawa

kkk I absolutely feel you. Now the way you’ve written it sounds like you are praising God for the neighbours hunger lol

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