Zambia’s 2018 maize output to fall 34% on account of drought

ZAMBIA - Zambia’s maize production for 2017/18 will fall 34% to 2.39 million metric tonnes as compared to the previous year largely impacted by drought, according to Agriculture Minister Michael Katambo who based the report on a government survey. According to the minister, farmland under corn fell to 1.39 million hectares from 1.64 million hectares…

Farmers bank on late planted maize crop

ZIMBABWE - Crops that were planted between October and November last year were the worst affected by the mid-season dry spell in Manicaland, Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union provincial manager Mr Daniel Mungazi has said. Mr Mungazi told The Herald that crops planted between December and January had a better chance of reaching maturity, boosting farmers’ chances…

Agency says 28 million Africans in ten States face starvation

KENYA - Some 27. 5 million people are in dire need of food aid in 10 African countries due to drought, officials announced last week. Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre director Guleid Artan said some Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda residents are…

The drought will slow growth, warns Kaap Agri boss

SOUTH AFRICA - Agriservices specialist Kaap Agri, which has a strong retail offering, expects prolonged drought conditions in certain farming areas of the Western Cape to slow earnings growth in the first half of the financial year to end September 2018. Speaking at Kaap Agri’s annual general meeting in Malmesbury, CEO Sean Walsh expected growth…