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Wed, 30 Mar 2016 07:17 - Updated Wed, 30 Mar 2016 07:17

Zaire: Lack of rain jeopardizes cereal harvest in Mbanza Congo

Mbanza Congo - The lack of rain, which has been recorded since the beginning of March this year in Mbanza Congo city, northern Zaire province, can jeopardize the large-scale cereal harvest in this second phase of the agricultural season 2015/2016.

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Addressed on Tuesday by Angop, some farmers said the scorching sun that is hitting the region every day is destroying the cereal crops, with focus on peanuts.

Maria Nsunda, peasant, was skeptical about the large-scale harvest of peanuts in this second phase of the agricultural season due to lack of rainfalls.

According to her, many plantations especially those that were planted in semi-arid areas are wilting due to the scorching sun that is hitting the chief town every day.

To Pedro Laurindo, peasant, predicted a poor harvest of cereals in the second phase of the agricultural season, due to lack of rain.

He recalled that the first phase of cereal cultivation, with focus on peanuts and beans was crowned with success by regular rains at the time.

Mbanza Congo city is potentially agricultural and cassava, peanuts, maize, beans, potato, banana, pineapple and beans are the most cultivated products.

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