Largest white maize shipment from Mexico arrives

Yesterday saw the arrival in South Africa of the largest shipment of white maize for the season from Mexico, report online sources. “We have received 56 019 tonnes of white maize from Mexico, the largest shipment for the 2016/17 marketing season so far,” said Agricultural Business Chamber senior agricultural economist Wandile Sihlobo, quoted by Bloomberg. “The shipment would go a long way to helping South Africa meet its demand for white maize,” he said. The marketing season started at the beginning of April this year and will end on April 30 next year, according to the online news provider. White […]

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SA looks to US for maize imports as local baskets continue to dry up

South Africa may need to import up to five million tonnes of maize – about 50% of its total requirements – according to media reports. And, despite the current uncertainty around SA’s inclusion in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa), the country is eyeing major imports from the United States. “We will be lucky if we produce 5 million tonnes this year and then we will need to import 5 million tonnes. This is the sort of scenario that we are looking at,” Jannie de Villiers, chief executive of Grain SA, was cited by Reuters agency as saying. South […]

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