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SA maize exports rise

South African maize exports increased; 24% of 2.2 million tons destined for exports has already left country

South Africa has  increased its maize exports. The most yellow maize ever exported this season has been shipped in the week ending on July 14.

According to recent records from the South African Grain Information Service (Sagis), a total of 82 859 tons of maize were exported this week. 72 175 tons were yellow maize. In the previous week a total of 32 699 tons were exported.

In the week ending July 14, 53 225 tons of yellow maize were exported to Taiwan, 13 319 tons to the Republic of Korea and 15 223 tons exported to Swaziland.

Of the white maize exported, roughly half (5060 tons) were exported to Lesotho. The rest was exported to other countries in Africa.

In the 2017/2018 marketing season starting May, 544 874 tons were exported. This is at least 24% of at least 2.2 million tons which must be exported.

Maize harvest

According to the agricultural economist Wandile Sihlobo, South African farmers delivered 10.6 million tons of maize to commercial silo’s for the 2017/’18 season. 57% is white and 43% is yellow maize

The next production estimate is due next week, with current estimates showing that South African farmers are expected to harvest almost double the amount of maize compared to the previous season.

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