FAO/GIEWS - Foodcrops & Shortages 09/98 - MADAGASCAR (3 September)

MADAGASCAR (3 September)

Growing conditions for the 1998 paddy and other cereal crops were generally favourable and locusts had no significant impact on production. However, reflecting lower plantings, paddy output is estimated to have decreased by some 300 000 tonnes from the average harvest of 2.5 million tonnes in 1997. Production of maize and other cereals is expected to be about average.

The overall food supply situation in the country for the 1998/99 marketing year is expected to remain relatively stable, including in the drought-prone south, where locust damage to crops and pastures is reported.

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