South Africa grain industry group sees 2017 maize surplus
South African industry group Grain SA sees a 2017 maize surplus after 2016 year’s drought-induced deficit the industry’s Chief Executive Jannie de Villiers said on Thursday.
It surveys showed that farmers have planted 2.4 million hectares this season, an 18 per cent increase over 2016.
“What I’ve learned from our surveys and discussions with the farmers is that we will plant, or have planted because it’s just about done now, around 2.4 million hectares.
“If we have planted those hectares and I look at the weather forecast for the next month or two, there is a big chance that we will have more than enough for our own use,” Villiers said.