An economist at Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) Wandile Sihlobo allayed fears that South Africa could be facing food price inflation due to dryer weather conditions in two of the country's best-producing regions.
Sihlobo says indeed the country is exposed to dry weather conditions but we have not reached a crisis point.
Some of the areas that have been experiencing drought have received a bit of rain and farmers have started planting.
This means the harvest will likely be poor because the planting started late, says Sihlobo.
Prices of the commodity have started to increase at least by a third of what they were this time last year but I don't think it's at aggressive levels.— Wandile Sihlobo, Economist at Agricultural Business Chamber
The worst affected areas are the ones planting the largest part of maize which we consume as a country, which are the North-West Province, Free State and the northern part of the Eastern Cape— Wandile Sihlobo, Economist at Agricultural Business Chamber
Sihlobo says given the large maize supplies in 2017/18, the country will have enough maize to supply its own people and will not need to import maize.
He says by 29 January we will have accurate numbers as to how much maize was planted and whether it will be sufficient for the country.
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