More than 8,000 people are on the verge of starvation in Mozambique after one region’s crops were largely destroyed, says a regional official.
It is thought more than 100 hectares of farmland in Motaze, southern Maputo province, were wiped out after being hit by rain shortages and a caterpillar infestation.
Isabel Tembisa, head of the Motaze administrative post, says the situation is critical – particularly given the fact the main crop destroyed is maize, the region’s main staple food.
Under normal circumstances, the maize fields are all green at this period of the year. The maize that was flowering has now dried up. What we are now expecting, in the coming month or two, are pockets of hunger.
In terms of the maize caterpillar pest, we are experiencing similar problems. The maize that was in the blossoming phase has also suffered the effects of the pest. All the maize has been damaged.”