SA is set to harvest the second-biggest maize crop on record, the agriculture business chamber (Agbiz), an organisation that represents commercial farmers and agribusiness enterprises nationally, says.
This means SA will regain its status as a net exporter of maize this season, despite some parts of the country, including the Western Cape, continuing to face harsh drought conditions.
According to Agbiz, the National Crop Estimate Committee revised up its forecast 3% to 14.32-million tonnes. Thus, making this season’s crop the second biggest after the 1980-81 bumper crop of 14.66-million tonnes. Read more here.