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Monday, February 15, 2016

South Africa maize forecast drops by 25%

The South African government has issued a preliminary forecast of maize production for the coming harvest of 7.4 million tonnes, reports NaijaAgroNet.

This, NaijaAgroNet reports, is a drop of 25 per cent from the already poor production levels of last season and 36 per cent below the previous five-year average.

These conditions,
NaijaAgroNet gathered, follows a 2014-2015 agricultural season that was similarly characterized by hot, dry conditions and a 23 per cent drop in regional cereal production. 

In addition, this drop, NaijaAgroNet further reports, has increased the region’s vulnerability due to the depletion of regional cereal stocks and higher-than-average food prices, and has substantially increased food insecurity.

Just as the numbers of the food insecure population are now increasing due to the current drought and high market prices. It is expected that the population in need of emergency food assistance and livelihood recovery support will increase significantly.

@Isaac Oyimah/GEE +Naija AgroNet  

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