‘Price of maize increases due to little rainfall’

Western Cape government says the drought will have a knock-on effect.

FILE: The provincial government says it’s still waiting for national government to approve their application to declare certain areas in the cape drought disaster zones. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - As the country battles a crippling drought, the Western Cape government says the price of maize has already increased due to little rainfall.

The provincial government says it's still waiting for national government to approve their application to declare certain areas in the cape drought disaster zones.

Meanwhile, the Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde has approved a R600,000 interim emergency support package for emerging grain farmers to assist them through this difficult period.

He says the drought will have a knock-on effect.

"We've already seen the maize price increasing substantially. The drought in general will have a knock-on effect because you will find the pressure on many of our small towns in these drought stricken areas."