23 October 2017
The evolution, dispersal, and consumption of maize span the better part of the past eight thousand years of human cultural development. Until European exploration in the Americas began in 1492, maize was a New World domesticate with an exclusively American distribution and consumption. Maize is considered as the most important grain crop in South Africa as harvest and production levels can have a noticeable impact on economic growth and food security. Since the deregulation of the maize price in 1991, the market has mainly been influenced by market forces such as supply and demand.
27 September 2017
Despite an increase in maize production this year, South African farmers face heightened uncertainty for their hard-earned crop. The dwindling maize price also offers no reassurance for many farmers still recovering from the long drought. While many feel vulnerable, others have decided to take matters into their own hands by means of adding value to their existing crop and adding new lines of revenue.