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The harvest poses a problem to farmers as it will cause the price of maize to fall.
SA expects 16 Million tonnes of maize harvest

Saturday 5 August 2017 09:24

South Africa's record maize harvest for this year, estimated at close to 16 million tonnes, poses a problem to farmers in that it will cause the price of maize to fall.

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 Maize and milk consumer prices have soared to new heights, fuelling inflation which now stands at a six-year high.
Clues and solutions to Kenya’s puzzling food price crisis

Wednesday 31 May 2017 07:34

Governments everywhere have the twin responsibility of ensuring that food prices are affordable for the majority of people, while guaranteeing good margins for producers.

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South Africa's maize output record harvest forecast: CEC

Friday 26 May 2017 18:12

South Africa will likely harvest a record 15.6 million tonnes of maize in 2017, double 2016's output after favourable weather conditions lifted yields.

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Grain SA to export maize surplus of 3.5 million tons

Wednesday 17 May 2017 06:46

Grain SA expects a surplus of three-point-five million tons of maize and aims to export all of it to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

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The crop will comprise an estimated 8.618 million tonnes of white maize, the staple mostly used for human consumption, and 5.917 million tonnes of yellow, the bulk of which goes to animal feed.
SA's maize output seen rising 87% higher in 2017

Tuesday 25 April 2017 20:30

South Africa will likely harvest 14.54 million tonnes of maize in 2017.

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Scientists develop 'Trojan horse' molecule to fight crop fungus

Saturday 11 March 2017 21:38

Scientists said on Friday they had developed a new method to neutralise a dangerous fungal toxin affecting crops that can lead to cancer, childhood stunting and other health threats.

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 Fall army worms have invaded Limpopo fields since December.
R8 mln set aside towards army worm plague in Limpopo

Thursday 23 February 2017 18:50

The Limpopo Department of Agriculture has made available R8 million to combat the fall army worm.

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The Fall Armyworm has a devastating impact because it eats the reproductive parts of the plant as well as its leaves.
Armyworms are wreaking havoc in southern Africa: Why it’s a big deal

Monday 13 February 2017 07:38

A combination of native African armyworms and Fall armyworms from the Americas are ravaging staple crops across southern Africa.

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South African farmers battle crop-eating pest

Friday 10 February 2017 17:21

Inspecting the damage on his 4,000 hectare farm, Petri van der Walt breaks open the stem of a sorghum plant to reveal the crop-eating pest.

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Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Senzeni Zokwana says there is enough expertise to deal wit the outbreak.
"No need to panic over the Fall armyworm"

Wednesday 8 February 2017 09:25

Armyworm, known as "Fall armyworm" in the United States due to its tendency to migrate there in autumn, or fall, is native to North and South America and can devastate maize.

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Economists predict good maize exports if rain persists

Wednesday 11 January 2017 19:24

South Africa could soon be a net exporter of maize again as in some provinces maize crop is in good condition with a potential for higher yields.

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There is an agreement between the country and the United States for importing genetically-modified white and yellow maize.
Sacota defends SA's import of GM maize

Wednesday 7 December 2016 10:20

The opponents of genetically modified maize should brace themselves as more such grain will soon form part of our staple food.

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F State farmers expecting better planting season in 2017

Wednesday 30 November 2016 21:34

Farmers in the Free State are expecting a better planting season after having gone through the worst drought in decades.

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Favourable weather conditions are expected to encourage farmers to plant more hectares.
South Africa maize farmers expected to plant 35% more than last season

Thursday 24 November 2016 07:11

South African farmers intend to plant 35% more hectares of maize than last season as improved weather conditions encourage them to sow, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.

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Maize farmers expected to plant 35% more than last season

Tuesday 22 November 2016 17:09

South African farmers intend to plant 35% more hectares of maize than last season as improved weather conditions encourage them to sow, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.

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The price of basic food has gone up.
Cost of living on the rise in SA

Wednesday 16 November 2016 18:08

The cost of living in South Africa is on the rise.

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Zimbabwe dam levels at record lows after drought

Friday 28 October 2016 16:24

Zimbabwe's dam levels have fallen to 42% following a devastating drought that has left millions in need of food aid and local councils rationing water.

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Another poor maize harvest would have serious implications for Africa's most industrialised economy after white maize, the staple food, doubled in price last year, fuelling inflation.
Maize farmers planting larger area this season - Poll

Monday 24 October 2016 17:04

SA farmers intend to plant 25% more hectares of maize this season in the hope that decent rainfall will ease the hardship caused by last year's scorching drought, a Reuters' poll showed on Monday.

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South Africa may import about 4000 tons of maize this year.
Drought spells disaster for maize production and prices

Sunday 4 September 2016 19:57

Maize prices are set to rocket and consumers, mainly the poor, will be affected as weather forecasts predict a lingering dry season.

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Zimbabwe hopes the programme will help them reduce maize import and increase food security.
Zimbabwe introduces special programme to increase maize production

Wednesday 27 July 2016 15:21

Zimbabwe is battling to overcome widespread drought that has affected four million Zimbabweans.

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