Food prices edge up on SA drought

Botswana imports bulk of its grain demand from South Africa. PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE
Botswana imports bulk of its grain demand from South Africa. PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE

Consumers will have to dig deeper into their pockets this year as players in the fast moving consumer goods are already reporting an increase in the prices of maize meal and other maize related products.

This comes on the back of drought in South Africa that has shrunk the SA crop by almost a third, leading to an increase in maize meal prices.  Botswana imports about 95 percent of its white maize from South Africa.

It was reported that maize prices in Botswana had increased by up to 40 percent since December last year and that the market should expect further increases in the price of finished products from this month.

Editor's Comment
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We are 56 years old and what do we have to show for it? Looking at where Botswana started and where it is today, there are a lot of developments, but whether the developments match the number of years we have enjoyed as a country is a topic for another day.The fact that cannot be denied is we have seen major developments, but we are still lacking in several pertinent areas.Our beautiful country imports almost everything. We import fuel, food,...

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