May 12, 2014 / 8:50 AM / in 4 years

Malawi's maize output seen up 8 percent year-on-year

LILONGWE (Reuters) - Malawi expects to harvest 3.9 million tonnes of maize this year, an 8 percent rise from last year, boosted by good rains and farm subsidies, a government official said on Monday.

A child sits on top of maize harvested in Lilongwe Rural April 22, 2008. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Jeffrey Luhanga, principal secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, said with an annual maize consumption of about 2.9 million tonnes the southern African country would have a surplus of about one million tonnes.

Maize is a staple in Southern Africa and countries with a surplus crop mostly export to neighbouring countries in deficit.

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