Southern African countries record reduced cereal production

Source: Xinhua| 2019-06-04 02:53:22|Editor: yan
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WINDHEOK, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Namibia, Malawi and South Africa saw a decline in cereal production of about 65,000 metric tonnes compared to last year, a report has shown.

These are preliminary findings under the crop production and vulnerability assessment report for Southern Africa, which was presented at the joint meeting of Southern African Development Community (SADC) ministers responsible for agriculture, food security and fisheries and aquaculture taking place in Windhoek, Namibia, on Monday.

According to the report, the three countries recorded a total of 153,000 metric tonnes of cereal for the 2018 season and only 88,000 metric tonnes for 2019 crop season.

"The impact of the reduced cereal production on household food security will be more severe in those areas which were experiencing high numbers of food insecure populations due to poor production in the previous season and those affected by cyclone Idai and Kenneth," the report stated.

The report is being compiled so as to show the status of crop production and food security in the SADC region.