Maize production in communal areas decreases by 81 per cent

Following the poor rainfall season of 2018/19, maize production in communal areas such as Zambezi, Kavango East and Kavango West has decreased by 81 per cent of last season's harvest and currently stands at 80 per cent below the average production.

This is revealed in the latest Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry's Crops Prospects, Food Security and Drought Situation Report for the period October 2018 to April 2019, issued today.

The report indicates that most areas received less than 50 per cent of their normal rainfall, which in most instances was not significant to support agricultural production as well as water supply for domestic and industrial use.

Consequently, many farmers have noted crop failure with grazing in a very poor to bare condition with livestock deaths on the rise, mainly due to lack of grazing, while all the crop producing areas recorded a very poor and below average crop harvest, the report reads.

It further outlines that many of the rain-fed crop producing farmers recorded a complete crop failure which not only left them with food insecurity, but also compromised their livelihoods.

Source: Namibia Press Agency