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South Africa's grain Association expects a maize surplus in 2017

Experts of the South African Association of grain SA expect a maize surplus for 2017, after a deficit between production and demand in the previous year due to the great drought. This was the result of a survey among farmers, who together had grown 2.4 million hectares, 18% more corn.
Looking at the weather forecast for the coming weeks and the acreage, the chance is great that South Africa harvest more corn than is needed in the domestic. This will reduce the prices and the inflation of the country. Prices had doubled in 2015 and 2016 she has declined but only 24%.
The surplus in South Africa would improve the supply situation in the neighbouring countries of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. There, a parasite destroys the harvest of corn and other crops.
A crop forecast of the expected surpluses, it was but too early, so the local experts.
South Africa earned 2016 7.5 million tons of corn, that there as a staple food the food supply of the population makes sure. 25% are less than the $ 9.95 million tonnes in 2015. The consumption amounted to 10.5 million tons. In November, the Government in Pretoria was assumed by an area of 2.62 million hectares. The first crop estimate is carried out on January 26. The El Nino-related drought forcing some farmers in the North of the country to their farm.

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