South Africa to target Asian maize buyers as African supply jumps.

South Africa need to target Asian markets to boost maize exports this year after bumper crops at home and in neighbouring countries depressed prices and dampened demand in Africa. This season South Africa hopes to export most of its maize surplus for the first time to Asia and the Middle East, where buyers use it for animal feed rather than human consumption. South Africa is expected to harvest a record 15.6 million tonnes of maize this year, double last year output.