Drought brings expensive bread, maize, meat, chicken and veggies for Christmas

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Professor Johan Willemse, Agricultural Economist at the University of the Free State.

Willemse warned that these five staple food items on most shopping lists in South Africa are severely affected by the drought:

  • Bread

  • White maize

  • Red meat

  • Vegetables

  • Chicken

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

We’ll need to import 2 million tons of wheat. And with rand weakness bread prices will increase.

Professor Johan Willemse

White maize is not available internationally, yet we need to import a million tons.

Professor Johan Willemse

Food inflation for poor people is between 12% and 15%.

Professor Johan Willemse

A lot of farmers are culling their herds. Prices will drop in the short term. Then, next year, price hikes will hit us.

Professor Johan Willemse

Animal feed prices are increasing. Some farmers have halted production while others are hiking their prices.

Professor Johan Willemse

Vegetable producers won’t plant this season in order to preserve water as it’s a long term crop.

Professor Johan Willemse

We haven’t planned for this. That’s why it’s hitting us so hard.

Professor Johan Willemse

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