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General crop outlook in the Southern Region

Written by  Abel Ikiloni
Intercropping system field in Chiradzulu Intercropping system field in Chiradzulu pic by Abel Ikiloni (Mana)

Blantyre, February 1, 2019: Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development, Joseph Mwanamvekha recently said the country should expect a bumper yield in the 2018-2019 growing season due to adequate rains and a drop in the incidence of Fall Army Worm.

Mwanamvekha added that the general crop outlook particularly that of maize quite impressive giving hope that farmers would realise a bumper harvest should the situation continue to be the same to the end of the agricultural season.

The minister made the remarks after he conducted a crop inspection tour to Balaka and Machinga districts.  

“From the crop inspection tour and the reports we have received from various district agricultural development divisions, it shows that many areas in the Southern Region may have good harvest in the 2018-2019 growing season,” Mwanamvekha said.

Mwanamvekha added that the impressive crop outlook would also be attributed to the successful implementation of the Farm Input Subsidy Programme whereby this year government planned and executed on time for its effectiveness.