South Africa harvests maize crop in 40 years

South Africa is expecting to harvest its biggest maize crop after forty years.

This harvest is coming a year after drought devastated output of the country’s staple food.

Farmers are set to produce over 15 million tonnes, which means the country will have a 50% surplus for the year.

The bumper harvest is a result of good rains in January and February.

According to Agriculture economists, the extra produce is expected to help to push food prices down.

Report says food security is a concern for many and in South Africa, rising food prices have made life more difficult particularly for the millions of poor and unemployed.

It says a drop in the coast of food would be a welcome relief for many households.

South Africa, along with the rest of the region, is still recovering from the effects of last year’s drought that was caused by the El Nino climate phenomenon that led to widespread food shortages.

According to the local weather services, the rainfall recorded in January and February this year was more than double the average.

BBC/Confidence Okwuchi