Drought conditions hammer maize farmers

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Agricultural economists say if the drought prolongs, we could be at risk of a food crisis as the window period for planting maize draws to an end.

BOTHAVILLE, Free State - Maize production in the country has taken a knock as drought conditions persist.

As the window period for planting maize draws to an end and farmers fear for their livelihoods, the risk of a food crisis escalates.

Agricultural Economist Adriaan Snyman said, “No one should under-estimate the current agricultural environment out there. It’s a serious situation. We will be planting a little bit more than 50% of our intended maize hectares, which is a staple food in South Africa."

Consumers can expect to pay far more this year for their maize products.

*View the attached video for more on the crisis hitting South Africa&39;s maize industry.

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