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/ 10 March 2006

Farmers need mechanisation, irrigation — and free stuff

Having experienced a disastrous harvest last year — the worst in a decade, according to the United Nations World Food Programme — Malawi now appears set to improve its food situation.Agriculture officials were earlier this week reported as saying that a maize harvest of 2,4-million tonnes was expected shortly, thanks in part to good rains that had ended months of drought.