Zokwana: SA considering strategic maize reserve in wake of drought

A strategic grain reserve would involve the government buying crops and taking responsibility for the storage until they’re needed to make up for shortfalls.

 Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Senzeni Zokwana . Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana says the country is considering a strategic maize reserve against future shortages in the wake of the recent drought.

Neighbouring countries such as Zimbabwe and Zambia already have such reserves, but Zokwana says this would require a significant policy shift in South Africa.

A strategic grain reserve would involve the government buying crops and taking responsibility for the storage until they’re needed to make up for shortfalls.

The minister didn’t go into specifics, such as budget allocations for the project.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)