"If producers have the opportunity to mill their maize, it could open the door to innovative product development that could add further value to the products - Van Der Colff"
Despite an increase in maize production this year, South African farmers face heightened uncertainty for their hard-earned crop. The dwindling maize price offers no reassurance for many farmers still recovering from the prolonged drought. Value adding was the theme of the recent congress of Free State Agriculture, in Bloemfontein. While many feel vulnerable, others have decided to take matters into their own hands by adding value to their existing crop and adding new lines of revenue turning maize into money. Not only is it to the advantage of the producers, but the end consumer as well.