Food inflation remains stubbornly high - the question is why?
Well, if it is not the producers...Maize and wheat producers cannot be blamed for the country's high food prices, Grain SA said on Thursday.
"The price of basic foodstuffs, like maize and wheat which are used as the basis for staple foods, cannot be blamed for the high levels of inflation," Grain SA's chairperson Neels Ferreira said in a statement.
He said the price of white maize from April 1, 2008 to April 1, 2009 had decreased by 13.8 percent while wheat was down 34.8 percent in the same period.
However, the price of a 700g loaf of brown bread had increased from R5.75 in March 2008 to R7.21 in March 2009 - a rise of 25.39 percent, Ferreira said.
He added that a five kilogram packet of maize meal had risen from R21.78 to R23.16 in the same period.
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