Namibia milling industry to secure white maize from South Africa

The Namibian milling industry is confident that it will secure enough white maize from South Africa to fulfill its milling needs in Namibia, despite most of southern Africa having been ravaged by drought.


CEO of the Namibian Agronomic Board, Christof Brock said this when he attended the recent Grain South Africa (GRAIN SA) Conference, held in Bothaville, South Africa.

The annual conference is an event where issues pertaining to and influencing the producers of grains, especially white maize, are discussed and shared.

Brock said there is also a distinct possibility that some of the larger millers may import white maize directly from the world market through the Port of Walvis Bay.

“With these options open to the milling fraternity, there is a guarantee that there will be white maize on the shelves for end consumers to purchase in the Namibia. There are not many countries in Africa where the consistent and constant supply of maize meal can be guaranteed,” he added.

Despite Brock’s confidence in securing maize from South Africa, he noted that consumers will have to pay an arm and a leg for the final product.

“The economic impact of the current white maize scenario in southern Africa and how it impacts the end consumer comprises a variety of import and export pricing formulae and the fact that white maize is traded on world markets in U.S. dollars,” he said.

“Namibia will have access to maize meal on the shelves, but with the South African switch from export to import parity price calculations for the price of maize and the weakened South African Rand, the real impact will be felt by consumers when they pay for their maize meal at the tills,” he further explained. Enditem


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