Moisture deficit threatens early crops across Africa

The Southern African region needs “above average” rains over the next few weeks to eliminate early season moisture deficits in agricultural zones that include the maize triangle of South Africa, Botswana and the Indian Ocean coastal areas of Madagascar. In a rainfall pattern analysis published in the 1 to 7…

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Despite La Niña, “midsummer drought” looms for SA farmers

Seasonal outlooks show that South African farmers can expect a midsummer dry spell, despite an expected weak La Niña phenomenon. Southern Africa can still expect a weak La Niña phenomenon this summer. This usually means that most of the summer rainfall regions can expect above average rainfall, says prof. Willem Landman…

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Rainfall outlook positive for Zambia for rainy season

According to a report issued by the Zambia Meteorological Department (ZMD), most parts of Zambia are likely to receive normal to higher than normal rainfall during the 2017/’18 season. Normal rainfall is expected for most parts of the country except the eastern parts, which may receive normal to below normal…

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Zambian treasury releases more funds to secure uncollected maize

The Zambian government has released K115 million to salvage more than 80 000 tons of maize that transporters refuse to ferry because of money owed to them. Concerns about possible damage to the crop are escalating, after the Zambia Meteorological Department (ZMD) forecast heavy rains for this weekend. “The money…

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