SOUTH AFRICA EXPECTS RECORD MAIZE HARVEST OF 16 MILLION TONNES IN 2017

RUSTENBURG, South Africa is expected to bring in a record maize harvest estimated at around 16 million tonnes this year but instead of celebrating, farmers are worried as the bumper crop will cause the price of the staple food to fall.

The Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Agriculture in North West Province, Manketse Tlhape, said Sunday that while the record harvest was good news in terms of the country’s food security, the farmers must be ready to store some of their crops.

We are having a crop masification programme. For this year they have yielded 10 per cent of the harvest to assist so that we are able to reach a bigger number in the main. But this is something that will bring awareness to them that as much as we want food security when the yield is much, the harvest is higher, the prices go down. That is why we are having storage facilities. They must come and store and wait until the prices go up, said Tlhape.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK