Thyolo district, Malawi

Thyolo growers advised to switch to sweet potatoes as dry spell hits maize

The Thyolo District Council has urged its growers to switch over to sweet potatoes as a dry spell has destroyed expectations of a bumper maize harvest this year. Acting district commissioner Arnold Jumbe said his office is working tirelessly to find some alternative ways which farmers should rely on. He added that, currently, the maize in the fields has been negatively affected by dry spell from January to February this year.

Malawi24.com quoted Jumbe as saying: “I am deeply concerned seeing our good grown maize being hit by the dry spell. We did not expect this; instead we were all expecting to have bumper harvest this year. But even though we have experienced this dry spell, do not lose hope because my office is seeking interventions as well as lobbying well-wishers to assist with whatever support.”

 

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