Agriculture Minister Thoko Didiza said on Friday that South Africa had sufficient grain supply for the market year beginning in May 2020 and ending in April 2021. This year’s harvest is in fact the second largest crop in the country’s history.
Didiza says that this year’s crop will yield 17.5 million tonnes of grain. This represents a 31% increase over last year’s crop.
More than 2.5 million tonnes of maize (white as well as yellow maize) will be exported in the coming year.
South Africa is thus guaranteed ample supply of food at a fair price amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Didiza said.
“This is a testament to the hard work and resilience of the South African farmer community and investments made in the sector,” the minister said.