S.Africa's 2020/2021 maize output up 5% on previous season -survey
JOHANNESBURG, July 26 (Reuters) - South Africa's 2020/2021 maize harvest is expected to be 5% higher compared with the previous season, boosted by increased plantings and favourable weather conditions, a Reuters survey of showed on Monday.
South Africa's Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) is expected to forecast the 2020/2021 staple maize crop at 16.121 million tonnes, up from the 15.300 million tonnes harvested last season, the average estimate of five traders and analysts showed.
The forecast is slightly lower than the CEC's June forecast of 16.233 million tonnes.
"Yields are mostly above average, which supports a view of yet another large crop this year. All thanks to the expansion in area plantings, and favourable weather conditions during the season," said Agricultural Business Chamber chief economist Wandile Sihlobo.
The survey expects the crop to consist of around 8.862 million tonnes of white maize, used mainly for human consumption, and around 7.260 million tonnes of yellow maize, used mainly for animal feed.
The CEC will release its sixth production forecast for 2021 summer crops on July 28.
(Reporting by Tanisha Heiberg; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)
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