Malawians should expect poor maize production

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Malawians should brace themselves for more maize shortage next year as government says maize production this growing season is expected to be lower than in the 2014/15 season.

According to the first round of the 2015/16 Agriculture Production Estimates Survey, the country will produce 2,719,425 metric tons of maize, 2 percent lower than the 2014/15 final round estimate of 2,776,277 metric tons.

In a statement, Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development said although the estimates may not conclusively inform the final agricultural production, they provide early warning signals on national food security so that stakeholders can make informed decisions regarding impending food situation.

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“The results may not conclusively inform the ultimate agricultural production as farmers’ intentions can change in the course of implementing respective farm activities; weather conditions and related parameters may also change in the course of the agricultural season,” reads the statement.

Unlike maize however, production of crops such as soya beans and rice is expected to rise by 1.4 percent and 6.1 percent respectively. Tobacco production is also set to increase to 211,083,000Kgs from 192,967,541Kgs in the 2014/15 agricultural season.

But there will be declines in production for cotton (by 43.2 percent), for groundnuts (by 4.5 percent), for beans (by 5.2 percent) and for pigeon peas (by 3.1 percent).

In terms of livestock, the ministry said the population of cattle has increased from 1,398,376, to 1,440,706 representing 3.1 percent increase as compared to the final round for the 2014/15 agricultural season while national fish production has increased from 120,894 metric tons to 149,299 metric tons representing 23.5 percent increase.

Meanwhile, the ministry said the second round activities for the survey are currently underway throughout the country and results for the second round will be released in March 2016.

 

The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development annually conducts Agricultural Production Estimates Survey. The objective of the survey is to assess the country’s agricultural production to inform planning and policy direction for the nation. The survey includes all agricultural commodities, thus, crops, livestock and fisheries. The survey is conducted in three rounds every year.
The second round is conducted from February to March and focuses on verification and adjustment of area measurements for crops grown by the sampled agricultural households, while the third and final round is undertaken during the harvesting period from April to May, involving the weighing of the harvest to obtain actual yield for crops indicating the national food basket and determining the food deficit or surplus.

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  2. thanks for the first crop estimates. koma sindikukhutila nazo. m’mindamu mukucita kuoneka kuti zavuta ndiye kumati cimanga citsika ndi 2% yokha ai, nambalayo ikwele pakali pano. caka catha munatipatsaso zolakwika, 2.8million osowa cakudya. nambalayi inacepa kwambili. ku nchisiso munati kuli cakudya pamene ma mp amati kulibe. fufuzani njila zina za survey/formula.

  3. thanks for the first estimates. koma sindikukhutila nazo. m’mindamu mukucita kuoneka kuti zavuta ndiye kumati cimanga citsika ndi 2% yokha ai, nambalayo ikwele pakali pano. caka catha munatipatsaso zolakwika, 2.8million osowa cakudya. nambalayi inacepa kwambili. ku nchisiso munati kuli cakudya pamene ma mp amati kulibe. fufuzani njila zina za survey/formula.

  4. Thawi yomwe kunali zakudya si boma linalima kapena presdent kapena ndina ndi mulimi wang’ono wa kumuzi komanso presdent salamulila dziko la kumwamba musiyeni mwini zonse achitepo kanthu. Mulungu ngati wafuna kuti kukhale njala olo prrsdent achite motani njala okhala basi.Tikamakomenta tizikumbukila kuti kuli Mulungu mwini zonse.

  5. Bt boma lathuli penapake sindimalimvetsabe coz tili ndi mitsinje ikuluikulu mmalawi mwathu muno especially shire river why dont we jst do irrigation throughout ayear like they do in egypt with nile river? They harvest alot of crpps with jst ariver, since we have big lakes not only river like in egypt, bt “why malawians? “

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  8. Maize production,cnt grow bcz Dpp government hve no interestng on farming projects.I mean farming materials ar so expensive its difficult for small farmers/the poor to complete farming per season.

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  10. Kutukwanizana or putting the blame on somebody will not solve the problems. Tingopemphera kwa Ambuye kuti atithandize

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  15. Guys this is a hard time.I just dont get it,that some one is still defending this poor perfomance goverment.last yr the same goverment promised to buy enough maize so the pple can have food.today there is no maize at any admarc depo.this is the time when the good gov this of its pple. Early reports are showing that next yr will be waise but u will see that there will be nothing to be done in order to get things under control..bola Che Bakili abwelereso pamupando azitigayira napwiri ndi yellow maize ngakhale azikapemphesa kunja.alipoyi zamulaka.

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  18. Malawi will never wake up until we will go back to have a White President.Apo biiiii if you become a President of Malawi you will be solving your own problems and not solving Peoples Problems.

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  22. OMG! ambuye dzatitenge pakut muli inuko kulibe nkhan ngati iz akut tiyembekezeso njala ina kuposera ilipoyi bwerani msanga pakut oipayu walephera #APM