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Food Security, Nutrition & Agribusiness

Solid maize exports critical for SA farmers

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa will have to put in place a solid export programme for its expected record harvest for any hope of restoring the maize price, because at the present price levels it is not profitable for farmers to grow maize, according to Neel Rust, chief operating officer of Laeveld Agrochem.

Maize price expected to reduce – PMRC

ZAMBIA - The Policy Monitoring and Research Centre (PMRC) anticipates the market price for maize in the Southern Africa region in the 2016/17 marketing season to reduce further from the current US$290 per tonne due to the expected increase in production in the region.

Late rainfall won’t affect harvest - ZNFU

ZAMBIA – Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) says the late rainfall that occurred in some parts of the country last week will not destroy crops but will delay the start of the marketing season due to the increase in moisture content in the affected grains.