ANTANANARIVO, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Madagascar recorded its best rice output in 15 years, a government official said here Thursday.
"Madagascar recorded its best rice production in 2018 compared to the last 15 years," Minister of Agriculture and Livestocks Harrisson Randriarimanana told the opening of an international agricultural fair in the capital.
"Madagascar harvested 4.3 million tons of rice in 2018, up from 3.1 million tons in 2017," Randriarimanana said.
The minister attributed the bumper yield to better weather.
However, he said Madagascar needs better farming infrastructure such as dams and channels, and adequate supply of quality seeds, farming equipment and fertilizers.
Rice is the staple food of the country.