Thaba Tseka, Aug. 10 — Khutlo-se-metsi community say due to poor crop production they are forced to import maize from South Africa.
This was stated in an interview with the Agency after receiving their 160 bags of maize which were delivered on Thursday.
According to Mr. Thabo Ntlele from Thaba Ntso, Ha Letsika their production was affected by heavy rains that started in the previous years.
He said their maize was not able to withstand water logging and therefore could not survive.
He said they had no option but to import maize from South Africa which they buy for R280.00 per 50kg.
“We have to buy food for our households and herders and therefore it is more affordable to import from South Africa as 50kg of maize meal is expensive in our local shops,” he said, adding that it cost more than M400.00 for 50kg.
Some people are reported to have bought about 25 bags of maize and are hoping it will last them until the next harvest.
Communities which unite to buy maize are Ha Letsika, Khohlong, Thoteng and Thaba Ntso.
The latest reports have indicated that there is a low production of maize in the district.
This was seen during the governments local purchase of maize where the district failed to meet even half of the targeted demand which was 75000kg.