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#SADrought: Only 50% of land used for maize being utilised
Grain SA says it's now too late for heavy rains to improve the situation due to the worst drought in decades.
JOHANNESBURG – Grain SA has warned that only 50 percent of the land ordinarily used for maize cultivation in South Africa has been utilised due to the worst drought in decades. Grain SA economist Wandile Sihlobo says this will be passed on to consumers. (Edited by Tamsin Wort)
It says it's now too late for heavy rains to improve the situation.
Grain SA has estimated that maize imports will range between 5 and 6 million tons this year at a cost of between R17 billion and R20 billion.
Due to the falling rand and low production the price of maize has also increased.
“About 50 percent will actually be transferred directly to some of the retail products like maize meal.”
Grain SA economist Wandile Sihlobo says this will be passed on to consumers.
(Edited by Tamsin Wort)
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