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Climate change will cause a delay in Madagascar’s rice harvest for the third consecutive season, l’Express reported, citing Andry Randrianarivelo, group secretary of the Intensive Ricefarming System.

A lack of rain means the crop will be reaped in late January at the earliest, the Antananarivo-based newspaper said. Industry experts have recommended that farmers manage water better and use seeds that take less time to mature, it said.

A shortage of rice in the Indian Ocean island nation may result in price increases of the grain, it said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Hannah McNeish in Antananarivo via Johannesburg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Courtesy: Bloomberg

Date:  24th November 2010