US Floods in Madagascar: Race against time for rice farmers

19:00  22 january  2022
19:00  22 january  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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Bernard Razanamandimby, agriculteur et éleveur dans la plaine du Betsimitatatra, à Madagascar, s'empresse de récolter son riz avant que l'eau ne submerge complètement ses cultures. © Laetitia Bezain / RFI Bernard Razanamandimby, farmer and rancher in the plain of Betsimitatatra, Madagascar, hastens to harvest his rice until the water submerges completely cultures.

In Madagascar, as heavy rain fell since Monday, January 17, on the capital Antananarivo, leaving 11 dead and more than 23 000 victims, it is a race against time to some farmers. In the plain of Betsimitatatra, one of the rice granaries of the capital, many rice fields are flooded. Then arises a dilemma for rice: rice harvest a not quite matured or risk losing their crops under water.

With our correspondent in Antananarivo, Laetitia Bezain

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At Andramiarana, rice is harvested using canoes from heavy rainfall. Water up to his shoulders, a sickle in hand, Bernard Razanamandimby, hastens to cut the ears: "We cut everything we can because the water keeps rising. When the water will be above our heads, we can no longer reap nothing. It's hard and cold it was but it's our job. If one does not do that, we do not eat. "

On land, Marie-Jeanne Razanadrasoa is already beating the rice harvested" It paddy should be golden. Here, we see that this is not ripe. These are just grains formed. When you go after the crush, we will have very small grains of rice. another fortnight we should have waited before cutting but we were forced to harvest green because everything is flooded. This is a great loss for farmers. "

A few meters away, Dinah, three quarters of rice fields are already under water, provides a yield halved compared to last year:" When the rice is dark green like that, we can not do anything with. We can not eat, can not be used as seed ... It gives the stem zebu and grain to ducks and geese. Our harvest this year is very small. When we saw the rain, there are four days, was rushed to collect and still have some rice. As the saying goes, it is better to eat little, eating nothing at all. "

On the Big Island, precipitation will continue at least until the end of the week, officials say. The northwest, the northeast and east-central of the country were placed in vigilance heavy rain.

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