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South Africa

10/07/2019

Uptick in maize prices reinforced higher year-on-year levels

Prices of white and, in particular, yellow maize varieties rose in June, reinforcing the higher year-on-year levels. Prices were more than 30 percent higher on a yearly basis. The uptick in June prices mainly resulted from spill over effects from the international market, with prices of maize from the United States of America continuing to climb sharply in response to the impact of overly wet conditions that undermined this year’s production outlook. A moderate weakening of the country’s currency provided further support. However, the upward revision to the national maize production forecast offset some of the upward pressure and limited the month-on-month price gains. The 2019 harvest is nonetheless still estimated to be lower than 2018’s output and the five-year average, which is the principal driver of the higher prices.

Region: Southern Africa