'Maize production below average'

HARARE - National maize production for 2017-18 will most likely be below-average, the US Famine Early Warning Systems Network (Fewsnet) has said, but government has said the country has enough grain reserves to last until next year.

The Fewsnet, in its February report, said following below-normal rains during the first half of the cropping season, as well as a prolonged and abnormally dry and hot spell in January, widespread rains were received in February.

“The rains have resulted in the recovery of some late-planted crops which were at a critical wilting point,” Fewsnet said in a statement.

“Unfortunately for most areas in the south and other parts of the country where crops were planted earlier, much of these crops had permanently wilted. The rains have also improved water and pasture conditions in most areas.”

David Marapira, the deputy minister of Agriculture, has said Zimbabwe has strategic reserves of more than 500 000 tonnes of maize that will last the country for a year.

Fewsnet said national maize supply was above-average and is expected to remain so until the end of the current marketing year in March due to high crop production from last season.

Comments (1)

Ko why not quote figures than just saying 'below average'. Please you can do better.

Levi - 16 March 2018

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