Warnings of food shortages
South Africa faces a five-million-ton maize shortage as the drought tightens its grip and experts are warning that the country is at risk of becoming a grain importer.
University of the Free State agriculture economist Johan Willemse said the winter crop would be five million tons less than was needed. “It is a dire situation, the price of white maize has already doubled. Another problem is that in 2016-2017 there will not be enough white maize. People will not have sufficient food and maize meal will be expensive,” Willemse said.
“Farmers are having huge losses. They cannot get credit to plant new crops so we run the risk of becoming an importer of grains.”
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