JOHANNESBURG, May 27– South Africa has revised upwards its forecast 2015 maize output by 0.8 per cent to 9.84 million tonnes following better-than-expected yield survey results in the country’s biggest crop-producing province.
The maize crop in South Africa, the continent’s biggest producer, will consist of an estimated 4.731 million tonnes of white maize and 5.108 million tonnes of yellow maize, the government’s Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) said in its fourth forecast for the 2015 crop on Tuesday.
CEC senior statistician Marda Scheepers said that objective yields in Free State province, the country’s biggest maize producer, were better than forecast.
The CEC estimate beat market expectations of a harvest of 9.73 million tonnes.
South Africa is still expected to reap its lowest staple crop harvest since 2007, which is forecast to be a third less compared with the 2014 crop as a result of scorching drought.