JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Maize deliveries to South African silos rose to 8.87 million tonnes last week, from 8.13 million tonnes in the week before, data showed on Wednesday, while the main maize futures gained on a weaker rand.
White maize deliveries rose to 5.016 million tonnes from 4.535 million tonnes, while yellow maize submissions increased to 3.856 million tonnes from 3.598 million, the South African Grain Information Service (SAGIS) said on its website www.sagis.org.za
The latest figures showed local maize farmers -- the biggest producers of the grain in Africa -- submitted 736,000 tonnes of maize to silos during the week, more than the 467,000 tonnes they brought to market during the same week last year.
The deliveries will add weight to expectations of another bumper harvest this year, following last year's big crop of 12.7 million tonnes.
The Crop Estimates Committee left its forecast of 2008/09 maize output unchanged at 11.6 million tonnes last week, maintaining the likelihood of another surplus crop.
South Africans consume between 8-9 million tonnes of the staple grain each year.
The anticipation of another big crop has helped ease maize prices on the South African Futures Exchange (SAFEX) this year, with maize futures taking their cue from movements in the rand and international prices.
The main December white maize futures rose 1.17 percent to 1,471 rand a tonne on Wednesday while December yellow maize gained 0.87 percent to 1,388 rand a tonne.
"We've mainly gone up on the rand, which was quite a bit weaker today," a Johannesburg trader said.