Friday, January 6, 2012

No Rains in Chikhwawa, as Country Braces for Hunger

Maize is wilting in some parts of Malawi, with Chikhwawa leading the fray.
A visit to the district on Thursday revealed that the maize crop in most gardens is drying up.
Most Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation depots are also dry, with no maize, rice or groundnuts crops in stock.
President Bingu wa Mutharika has responded to reports of hunger in some parts of Malawi by ordering that food be distributed in areas hard-hit.
Agriculture and Food Security Principal Secretary, Erica Maganga, has said her ministry will respond to the president's call.
Malawi has become a success story following her successful food security programme, an initiative that has helped the Southern African Development Community member state register bumper yields for six consecutive years.
Mutharika has made it his government's policy goal to turn Malawi from a net importer to dominant producer and exporter.

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