A street vendor prepares an cob of corn in his makeshift shop in Soweto. REUTERS / Siphiwe Sibeko
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African farmers are expected to harvest 5% more corn in the 2020/2021 season than in the preseason as favorable weather conditions boosted yields, the government’s Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) said Thursday.
KEK, which presented its third production estimate for the season, forecast the 2021 crop at 16.095 million tons versus 15.300 million tons harvested last season.
The harvest is expected to consist of 8.934 million tons of white corn used for human consumption and 7.162 million tons of yellow corn used primarily in animal feed, according to the KEK.
The government’s estimate is slightly lower than a Reuters poll of five traders and analysts that put total corn production at 16.349 million tons.
Reporting by Akhona Matshoba; Arrangement by Tanisha Heiberg