For Malawi’s farmers facing harvest pests, the solution’s in the bag

LILONGWE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The harvest months of May and June should be a period of relief for Malawi’s farmers, as they finally reap their crops after battling a prolonged dry spell, attacks by armyworm pests and flooding in some areas.

But many farmers, such as Clement Kasitomu of Dowa district, now face a new worry: Losing as much as 40 percent of their harvest to insects once the crops are in storage.

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Picture: Farmers in Mchinji district, central Malawi, rest near a PICS bag used to store their harvest, November 18, 2017. Photo: Isaac Masingati, Feed the Future Malawi

 

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