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Alien armyworms. (iStock)
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OUT in the North West province, beyond Magaliesburg, you can see little mealie plants. They’re shorter than you’d expect for this time of year, but hey, the rains came late.

South Africa's Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) is expected to forecast the planted area at 2.6 million hectares, up 33.5 percent from the 1.947 million hectares planted last year, according to an average estimate of five traders and analysts polled by Reuters.”

Whoop-whoop-whoop! A bumper crop. Maybe it’ll even bring down the price, which poorer South Africans could really do with, having suffered (and hungered) through the record prices of last year.

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