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    • SADC Agromet Update Issue-03 - 2016-2017 Season

      Date Signed: 2017-01-13

      Type: Documents & Publications, Newsletters

      Themes: Themes, Agriculture & Food Security, Agricultural Information


      Highlights: Rains improved in many areas that were affected by severe drought last season; Poor rains have been received in Tanzania and parts of Madagascar, with likely impacts on crop production in affected areas; and An armyworm outbreak has affected the region, with reports of outbreaks in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The outbreak in Zambia is particularly severe.

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    • SADC Agromet Update Issue-04 - 2016-2017 Season

      Date Signed: 2017-02-20

      Type: Documents & Publications, Newsletters

      Themes: Agriculture & Food Security, Agricultural Information


      Highlights: Southern and central areas continued to receive well above average rains in January. Poor rainfall was received in western and north-eastern SADC and Madagascar; The Fall Armyworm has been confirmed in 7 countries in the region; The severity of the impact on regional crop production is yet to be established; and Tropical cyclones Carlos and Dineo affected the region in early to mid-February. The impacts of Cyclone Dineo are severe, particularly in southern Mozambique.

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    • SADC Food Security Update - January to March 2017

      Date Signed: 2017-03-17

      Type: Documents & Publications, Newsletters

      Themes: Themes, Agriculture & Food Security, Food Security


      First round crop production estimates for Malawi show an increase in the production of most crops including the staple food, maize. Maize production is estimated at 3.2 million tonnes, up by 36% from 2.4 million tonnes last season. First round crop production estimates for South Africa show an increase in the production of most crops including maize. Maize production is estimated at 13.9 million tonnes, up by 79% from 7.8 million tonnes last season. Fall armyworm outbreak affect crops including maize, the staple food, in DRC, Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Efforts to control the pest compromised by heavy rains experienced in some of these areas. However, the impact of the pest attack is expected not to be very significant.

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