12 September 1997
El Nino threatens SA maize crop

South Africa fears the El Nino weather pattern will hit next years maize crop. It could suffer up to a 50% reduction, the countrys agriculture minister Derek Hanekomn said.

The National Maize Producers Organisation advised farmers to plant later in the season. There will be no government drought relief.

  • Financial Times 12/09/97 page 31