Swaziland decreases maize import from S/Africa
APA-Mbabane (Swaziland) - Swaziland has decreased the maximum amount of maize meal that individuals can purchase from South Africa from 100 kilograms to 20 kilograms per household, APA learns here on Monday.
This, according of the Ministry of Agriculture, is a result of good maize harvest that the country enjoyed in the 2016/2017 season and also the heavy decline in maize prices realised in regional markets.
The amount of maize meal that a household could purchase from neighbouring South Africa had been increased from 20 kg to 100 kg in response to the drought experienced by the country in the 2015 planting season where there was a heavy decline in harvests.
During that period the National Maize Corporation (NMC) projected a shortfall of about 23 000 metric tonnes of maize, which it had to import in order to meet the local demand for maize.
Maize production fell by 31 per cent in 2015, and went even lower in the 2016 crop season, placing at least 300,000 people, which is a third of the population, in dire need of assistance, specifically for
food and water.
“Individuals importing maize meal for household use shall continue to declare their consignment at the border to ensure effective regulation and reporting to all stakeholders,” reads a statement issued by the ministry which also stated that the revision of the quota was with effect from October 8, 2017.