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Malawi To Harvest More This Year

Written by  Written By Grace KANTCHENTCHE in Blantyre Feb 23, 2017

The country’s crop estimates for 2016/17 have increased compared to 2015 representing a 35% increase.

This means that Malawians will harvest over 3 million tons.

This is according to officials from the ministry of agriculture.

In a statement the ministry’s Principal Secretary Erica Maganga indicates that maize production is projected up to 3 million metric tons.

In the past year, the country produced 2.3 million metric tons.

The statement further reveals that rice production is expected to go up by 41.5% while as production of sweet potatoes is projected to increase by 27.6%

Millet and sorghum production will increase by 118.6 and 79.3% respectively.

However wheat production projected to drop by 6.4%.

The results also show that production of groundnuts is expected to increase by 22.2%, beans by 15.0 percent and pigeon peas by 19.7%.

It adds that tobacco production will decrease by 36.6 percent while cotton production is expected to go up by 7.6%.

In terms of livestock, the statement shows that the population of cattle has increased from 1.4 million to 1.5 million.

Overall fish production has increased by 10%.

 

This comes as good news to public who feared that harvest would be low due to the flooding that hit some parts of the country and the fall of the army worms which has destroyed maize plants in seven districts.

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