South Africa May Import Almost Half of Corn Needs on Drought

  • Imports could reach as much as 5 million tons by 2017
  • Farmers miss deadline for planting as dry conditions persist

South Africa may need to import almost half of its domestic corn needs less than two years after being a net exporter as a drought exacerbated by the El Nino weather phenomenon disrupts the main producing areas, according to the largest growers’ association.

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