Zambia has introduced a cap on the price of maize to keep the staple food affordable, sparking protest from commercial farmers who accused the government of bringing back price controls.
Free State Agriculture says food security will be extremely affected if weather conditions remain as they are.
A Kenyan Senate committee says that the Kenyan government officials and their private sector counterparts abused a government maize subsidy programme last year to make money, leading to distortions in the market.
Maize farmers in large parts of summer grain areas need urgent rainfall to start planting maize.
As climate change brings more frequent and harsh droughts, maize is becoming harder to grow in many parts of Zimbabwe – but it is still what people want to eat and many farmers want to plant, which makes shifting away from it a challenge.
Fourteen cooperatives from Matatiele, in the Eastern Cape, have made history by exporting 8 000 tonnes of yellow maize to Vietnam.
North West farmers have produced more than 16 000 tons of maize this year.
South Africa’s maize output is expected to rise slightly in 2018 than previously estimated on the back of late harvests from the central and western parts of the maize belt…
By Peter Johnston, University of Cape Town There’s an assumption in the agricultural industry that the yields and prices of crops will vary according to local conditions as well as supply and demand in local and international markets. As a result, farmers understand that not every year will be profitable but over the long run, […]
Agri-SA says the agricultural sector is facing tough financial times because of the ongoing drought. Farmers are planting less, livestock is dying and jobs are being lost