Speaking during the board’s annual meeting in Windhoek, the agronomic board’s chief executive officer, Christof Brock said, “Maize will always be on the shelves but the price and affordability is the tough one.”

Namibia consumes between 100, 000 and 200, 000 tons of maize per year but under the repeated drought, the country only produced 30,000 tons by irrigation and had to import 120, 000 tons to fill up the gap, according to Brock.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) also warned of record high maize prices.

In its March country report on Crop Prospects and Food Situation, FAO said the prices will also be driven up by the depreciation of the South African rand against the U.S. dollar.

This year alone, food prices have gone up twice in Namibia. The first raft of price increase was on Jan. 25 and the second on Feb. 29. Enditem.

Source: Xinhua


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