02 April 2015
By Andre Janse van Vuuren and Tshepiso Mokhema
The biggest grains lobby in South Africa said a lack of title deeds in the country’s poorest province is hindering a plan to move the corn belt west as coal mines take over some of the best grain-growing land in the country.
South Africa, the world’s biggest white-corn producer after Mexico, wants to raise annual output by the Eastern Cape, a coastal province in the center of the country, ninefold to 1 million metric tons by 2018 as coal mining renders land unsuitable for farming in the eastern province of Mpumalanga, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy said in a report.
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