The International Grains Council (IGC) forecasts Malawi’s 2018/19 maize production at 3.0 million tonnes, down by 14% from the previous season due to prospects of unfavourable weather conditions. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) paints a slightly gloomier picture, putting Malawi’s 2018/19 maize harvest at 2.8 million tonnes.
The current partial US government shutdown has affected the functions of the country’s Department of Agriculture, and thus leading to a delay in the release of World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report which was originally scheduled for January 11, 2019.
Zambia’s maize crop is expected take a knock in the 2018/19 production season, to roughly 2.4 million tonnes, which is 33% lower than the previous season, according to data from the International Grains Council.
The International Grains Council forecasts a notable decline of 45% year-on-year in Zimbabwe’s maize production in 2018/19 marketing year to 1.2 million tonnes. Now, in such an event, where will Zimbabwe get maize supplies to fill the domestic demand of 2.0 million tonnes?