SA imports maize to cover drought shortfall

2016-04-22 14:44

The department of agriculture has imported 1 732 million tons of yellow and 72 000 tons of white maize to cover shortfalls caused by the drought, says Minister Senzeni Zokwana.

How maize prices can hurt the ANC at the poll

2016-04-19 22:30

With drought pushing up the cost of white maize and other food staples, pressures on households will inevitably lead to increased political pressure, says an analyst.

SA maize industry undeterred by R16.6bn drought need

2016-04-15 16:28

Maize farmers are confident they will increase investment despite the worst drought in 100 years and state policies that created uncertainty over their land.

Drought weighs heavily on SA maize output

2016-03-22 10:44

South Africa may trim its estimate for maize production this season by 2.5% because of damage from the worst drought in more than a century, a survey showed.

SA 2015 maize output falls to lowest in 8 years

2016-02-15 20:30

The 2015 maize output has fallen to its lowest level in eight years after an El Nino-induced drought scorched crops across key planting areas.

SA maize output could be 39% down

2016-01-26 13:53

South Africa may harvest 39% less of the grain in the 2015 to 2016 season than a year earlier after the country suffered the lowest rainfall since records began.

Cosatu calls for maize price-fix probe

2016-01-20 12:19

The Congress of South African Trade Unions has called on the Competition Commission to investigate the alleged price fixing of maize.

Fanie Brink: Worst drought in 20+ years. Food crisis imminent.

2015-12-18 07:06

SA must approach the IMF for emergency financial support for farmers to help maintain the future sustainability of the country's food production, says an expert.

Hunger hits 1.5 million in Zim as maize production halves

2015-08-26 08:26

Around 1.5 million Zimbabweans are predicted to go hungry this year after a dramatic fall in maize production, says the World Food Programme.

Namibian maize farmers fear bad harvest

2015-02-10 18:30

Maize farmers in Namibia fear they might have a bad harvest this season due to poor rainfall and scorching heat, a union says.


SA expects jump in maize imports due to drought

2016-04-21 17:18

Drought-hit South Africa will significantly increase imports in the next season when 2.4 million tonnes of yellow maize and 1.9 million tonnes of white maize will be shipped.

SA imports US white maize for first time since 2004

2016-04-19 16:09

South Africa has imported white maize from the United States for the first time in over 10 years, says the country's Grain Information Service.

Drought-stricken SA to source enough white maize this year

2016-04-05 19:30

South Africa should be able to import enough white maize to meet the needs of consumers, says Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana.

How SA drought is hurting Africa’s poor

2016-03-22 07:35

South Africa's drought is compounding the strain on Africa's poor as maize becomes a luxury many can’t afford.

SA may still need to import maize

2016-01-29 21:00

Concern persists in South Africa that the country may still need to import white maize to meet the demand despite recent rain.

Cathy Buckle: Zimbabwe’s underground saviour remains elusive

2016-01-21 07:39

Zimbabwe's drought devastation is frightening but even more so is government rhetoric, with no funds being provided for maize imports in the 2016 budget.

Cosatu calls for maize price-fix probe

2016-01-20 06:12

The Congress of South African Trade Unions has called on the Competition Commission to investigate the alleged price fixing of maize.

SA to import R2.2bn in maize as drought continues

2015-11-13 07:00

A national drought is leaving the primary agriculture sector, which contributes 2.5% to GDP, in dire straits. Economists expect the effect to quickly trickle down.

SA's 2015 maize output almost unchanged

2015-03-25 17:47

South Africa will harvest 9.666 million tonnes of maize in 2015, almost unchanged from a previous forecast as white maize plantings decreased.

Little change in SA maize estimate

2014-09-25 10:59

South Africa will hardly change its 2014 maize output forecast, a Reuters survey shows, as farmers hold onto crops in the face of prices that have fallen.

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