Traditionally and exporter of maize, South Africa has
now started importing the grain as result of the worst drought the region has
experienced in 15 years.
John Purchase, the general manager of Grain SA
, said that the shortage of maize would drive up
prices of all food that contains maize as well as the cost of feeding poultry
South Africa was normally an exporter of maize to Botswana, Lesotho and
Swaziland and sometimes supplied to Zimbabwe, Kenya and other countries.
Neels Ferreira, Chairman of Grain SA, said producers in the summer
crop areas planted relatively late this season, expecting good rains early this
year. Over the past few weeks, the crops in many areas had literally been
scorched and even if good rains should fall soon, would be too late to benefit
Other crops such as sorghum, sunflower and soya beans are also likely to
show a significant drop in yields.