The first round of agricultural production survey has indicated that the country will likely register an increase in both crop and animal production in the current season compared to same period last year.
A report released by the Ministry Agriculture attributes the projected bumber yield to favourable weather conditions, increased uptake of inputs by farmers, intensive promotion campaigns, seed availability and good market arrangements.
The estimate indicates that maize production has increased with 8.8% from 3.4 million metric tons in 2018/2019 growing season to 3.7 million metric tons in the 2019/2020 growing season.
While on the other hand rice production has increased by 9.8%, millet 8.9% and sorghum at 3% all this due to availability of seed and increased wetlands.
The report further shows an increase in legumes including groundnuts, soya, pigeon peas and beans with about 9.15% on average.
The ministry also says that cotton production has also increased tremendously from 25.3 thousand metric tonnes in 2018/2019 growing season to 52.4 thousand metric tonnes in 2019/2020 growing season representing a 106.8% increase.
The reports further say production of roots and tubers should expect bumper yields with bananas registering 5.9% and 19.4 for potatoes while on Cassava shows a 0.9% increase.
In relation to livestock, the report also shows an increase in production with cattle at 4%, pigs 7.7%, Sheep 3.2%, Goats 7.5%, Rabbits 5.5% and Quails at 192.5% attributing to an increase in births due to improved livestock management practices like good housing, feeding, breeding and disease control.
On the other hand, fish production has however seen a decrease from 202, 092 metric tonnes to 169,140 metric tonnes representing a 19.1% decrease due to low catches, migration of fish and severe water stress.
The report has come amid food shortage in most parts of the country where a 50kg bag of maize is selling at about 15 thousand kwacha on average
Since November 2019 to January 2020 the country has received good rainfall and this is expected till March 2020.
Meanwhile the ministry says will conduct second and third round of Agricucultural Production Estimates Survey in March and May this year.