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China May Absorb South Africa’s Grain Surplus – Agriculture Ministry

Submitted by on September 9, 2010 – 9:02 amNo Comment

by Hopewell Radebe (Business Day/Reuters) The government yesterday brought hope to grain farmers who are struggling to find alternative markets to dispose of surplus maize following a bumper crop that drove prices down.

… Last month, Grain SA chairman Neels Ferreira called for the interventions of the departments of trade and industry as well as agriculture, forestry and fisheries, saying the farmers want an urgent solution, given the danger of their produce being wasted because they cannot dispose of all of it in the local market.

He said the government also needs to reopen the debate on the ban on using maize for biofuel, imposed in 2008 when world maize stocks were dwindling and there was fear of compromising food security.  

Allowing maize to be sold for biofuel use would contribute to SA’s production of oil and also help the country reach its objectives for renewable energy, he said.Grain SA estimated that the renewable energy, or biofuel, option would add 9% to the volume of oil produced in SA, create an extra 39% of protein feed for animal use, and add to the production of commercial carbon dioxide. It also estimates that 105000 jobs could be created by the biofuel process.  READ MORE

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