Mozambique lost more than 30,000 hectares of crops in its Maputo province due to high temperature and low precipitation, officials said Thursday.
"It is a scenario that the meteorology institute predicted for the first period of the rainy season between October-December the rains were below normal and the most compromised products are maize, beans and groundnuts," the provincial department of agriculture and food security told Xinhua.
The lost hectares are in different districts of Maputo province and the district of Boane is the most affected.
Agriculture authorities said they are adopting a series of measures to mitigate the impact for affected farmers, one of which is to allocate seeds of crops with resistance to intensive heat.
Authorities said they have 20 tons of seeds available to support farmers that lost crops in the first season of the agriculture campaign, in the hope that the situation will be improved in the second season between January and March.
"We are also promoting the use of the hothouse, there are currently 63 hothouses distributed for controlled production and during the whole period of precipitation," the provincial director of agriculture and food security, Leonor Neves, told reporters.