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Madagascar Rice Production Expected to Recover

Madagascar Rice Production Expected to Recover

23 May 2014

MADAGASCAR - The 2014 rice output, being harvested, is anticipated to increase above the locust and weather?depressed output of 2013.

Climatic conditions have generally been favourable during the current cropping season (November?May) with minimal cyclone impact.

However, some dryness and water deficits in southern and southwestern areas are likely to affect the maize crop.

The joint Government/FAO anti-locust campaign, which commenced in 2013, prevented significant damage on the paddy crop.

However, damage to crops is still expected in the densely-infested areas. In total, nearly 1 million hectares have been treated with chemical pesticides, bio-pesticides and insect growth regulators.

The first phase of the anti?locust campaign is expected to run until August this year.

Overall, the rice output is forecast at about 4.3 million tonnes, close to the short?term average.

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