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Favourable Conditions for Malawi 2013/14 Cropping Season

19 September 2013

MALAWI - Planting of cereal crop in the 2013/14 cropping season (September-June) is about to begin.

Preliminary rainfall forecasts indicate an increased probability of normal to above normal precipitation between October 2013 and March 2014, with a high possibility of heavy rains during the latter months, reports the FAO.

In addition, the Government plans to continue subsidising fertilisers, as well as other inputs, providing basal and top dressing at a fixed price of MWK 500 per 50 kg.

In addition to promoting traditional crops, such as maize, the Government has targeted increased investment in irrigation and legume production, with an aim to diversify the agricultural output.

Maize production remains stable in 2013

In 2013, the primary staple maize crop is estimated at approximately 3.6 million tonnes, similar to the previous year.

Production in southern districts recovered from the drought affected harvests of 2012. However, in the more productive northern and central districts, maize outputs declined slightly from the good levels of 2012, off-setting the gains registered in the south.

Production of sorghum and millet increased by 14 percent over the previous season, while the wheat and rice crop remain relatively unchanged.

Production estimates may vary slightly with the release of the third round crop assessment, which will provide more accurate estimates for the irrigated maize crop. Overall, cereal production in 2013 is estimated at 3.87 million tonnes.

Based on the latest crop estimates, the country has sufficient domestic maize supplies from the 2013 harvest to cover national food requirements, estimated at approximately 2.7 million tonnes in 2013/14 marketing year (April/March).

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