Johannesburg - South Africa, the continent’s biggest corn producer, is close to starting its first exports of the yellow variety of the grain to China, according to the biggest organization representing local farmers of the crop.
Talks between the governments are in the final stages, Grain SA chief executive Jannie de Villiers said in a June 25 interview.
His association is liaising with South Africa’s Agriculture Department.
The government “is in full support of it,” he said.
“They have gone through the whole process of doing pest-risk analysis and submitted all the paper work to the Chinese so they can approve of our maize,” he said, using the local term for corn.