February 6, 2018 / 11:06 AM / 6 months ago

Malawi bans maize exports as drought, armyworms damage crop

LILONGWE (Reuters) - Malawi has banned maize exports and is considering restocking its national grain reserves after crop-munching armyworms and a drought left the country’s staple grain crop damaged, Agriculture Minister Joseph Mwanamvekha said on Tuesday.

Mwanamvekha said in a statement read in parliament in Lilongwe that nearly 2 million people were at risk of food shortages because of the effects of armyworms and drought.

Armyworms are a pest from Latin America that first threatened African crops late in 2016.

Reporting by Frank Phiri; Editing by Alexander Winning

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