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In regular seasons a sizeable domestic maize harvest would ordinarily lead to a decline in prices. But SA’s 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 maize production seasons have not been ordinary. The second largest maize harvest on record in the 2019/2020 production season did not lead to a notable decline in prices as some might have expected.

The weaker exchange rate, combined with increasing demand for SA’s maize in the Far East and Southern Africa, and generally higher global prices provided support to the domestic maize prices throughout 2020 and into the beginning of 2021...

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