SOUTH Africa continues to feel the effects of drought‚ with figures showing it is still importing maize.
A drought earlier this year caused production shortages.
The country had imported 38 306 tons of yellow maize from Brazil this week‚ Grain SA said.
The imports were more expensive due to a weaker rand.
South Africa had already imported 67% of the maize it needed to this year, it said.
The 2015-16 imports stood at 516 997 tons‚ which was 67% of Grain SA’s forecasted imports of 770 000 tons for this season.
Food prices are also expected to rise in coming months as the effects of the weak rand and the drought become more apparent.