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Wandile Sihlobo | Zimbabwe was SA's biggest maize buyer - and just banned imports of the crop

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Wandile Sihlobo. (Supplied)
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Zimbabwe was the single largest maize export market for SA in the 2020/21 marketing year. And last week, Zimbabwean authorities suspended all maize and maize meal imports with immediate effect.

Maize was South Africa’s fifth largest exported agricultural product in value terms in 2020. It trailed citrus, grapes, wine and apples, which were the top four products in the overall US$10.2 billion worth of South Africa's agricultural products exported last year.

The total agricultural export earnings in 2020 were the second largest on record in value terms. The export markets were quite diverse, nearly half spread across the African continent, and third, in the European Union and the rest spread across Asia and the Americas regions.

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