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Maize output reduced by fighting

[Congo] Rodolphe Adada, Foreign Affairs Minister, Republic of Congo.

Angola’s maize output for the season to April is likely to fall by up to 25 percent following disruptions to planting from the renewed civil war, according to the Early Warning Unit, the Harare-based Southern African Development Community’s (SADC) food security organ.

Writing in its latest bulletin, the unit said tentative forecasts based on last year’s output of 505,000 mt indicate the country requires 322,000 mt of maize to supplement output from the previous planting season, as well as 16,000 mt of wheat and 76,000 mt of rice.

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