Involved in the industrial milling of yellow corn and wheat flour, AFGRI Milling is driven to consistently meet customer requirements, especially on product quality and food safety, which is achieved through the meticulous management of processes.

AFGRI Milling is located in:

  • Mpumalanga – Bethal, Kinross, Ermelo, and
  • Free State – Harrismith

Corn Products

A-Grits | B-Grits | C-Grits | D-Grits | X-Grits | S-Grits
Polenta | Corn Flaking Grits | Corn Flour | Chop

Corn production in South Africa

Corn (Zea mays L.) or maize as it is known in South Africa, is the largest produced field crop and is planted throughout the country under diverse environments. South Africa is the main maize producer on the African continent. Approximately 14 million tons of maize is produced annually on 2.5 million hectares of land, of which 7.7 million tons and 6.2 million tons is white- and yellow maize respectively. In developed countries, yellow maize is consumed mainly as a second-cycle produce, in the form of meat, eggs and dairy products. In Africa, white maize is consumed directly and serves as staple diet for some 200 million people. In South Africa yellow maize is used predominantly for animal feed as well as for cereals and snack products.

Maize quality and characteristics

Due to maize being produced across a variety of climatic conditions, quality differs. The maximum moisture content on which the maize crop is taken into storage is 14% and the majority of maize is stored at a moisture level content of 12.5%. The natural drying of South African maize add to the ultimate quality of the maize. Maize with a high percentage hard endosperm is the maize of choice when producing quality maize grits. The hardness ensures higher yields and the rich colour enhances the visual attractiveness for the consumer.

Maize seed comprises of various growth classes and includes conventional, stalk borer resistant, glyphosate herbicide tolerant and stacked gene hybrids that incorporate both genes. The latter hybrids are often referred to as Genetically Modified Organisms or GMO’s.

Identity Preservation Program (IPP)

AFGRI Milling is a world leader in implementing and running a IPP in conjunction with our sister company AFGRI Grain Management which is responsible for the handling and storage of non-GMO maize according to our requirements. The stringent AFGRI Milling IPP ensures the integrity of the non-GMO maize from seed right up to the customer and ultimately the consumer.

Wheat production in South Africa

Bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) is by far the biggest winter cereal crop planted in South Africa. Other winter crops include barley for malting purposes and canola. South Africa (made up of nine provinces) is divided into 36 crop production regions with wheat planted in about 32 of these regions. The three main bread wheat producing provinces are Western Cape (winter rainfall), Free State (summer rainfall) and the Northern Cape (irrigation). Other provinces worth mentioning are Limpopo (irrigation) and North-West (mainly irrigation).

The ten year average for the commercial bread wheat crop is 1,852 million tons with an average yield of 3700kg per hectare. The Western Cape contributes about 50% of the total crop followed by the Northern Cape’s irrigation areas which now surpassed the Free State province where the downward production trend continues. The remainder of the crop is produced primarily in the Limpopo and North West provinces.

Local wheat production is not sufficient for domestic requirements and South Africa has to import different classes of wheat to meet domestic consumption. Soft or otherwise known as biscuit wheat required for specific flours suitable for the biscuit market segment is only produced in small quantities under contract in South Africa which leads to the majority of this class of wheat being imported.

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Identity Preservation Program (IPP)

No commercial GMO traits have been registered for wheat in South Africa. This ruling is applicable for imported wheat.

AFGRI Milling runs an Identity Preservation Program in collaboration with AFGRI Grain Management in order to segregate, handle and store the different classes and grades of wheat required in order to be able to mill to customer specifications.

Food safety

AFGRI Milling has as with our three maize mills achieved FSSC 22000 certification, which is the worldwide, preferred and accepted Food Safety Standard

Food safety and accreditations

All AFGRI Milling operations bear the necessary accreditations. Our mills are registered on the SEDEX website and will be audited in future by an independent auditor. AFGRI Milling operates according to a detailed Occupational Health and Safety system which is maintained and continually improved. This system is audited on an annual basis by MARSH Risk Consulting

The mills at Bethal, Kinross and Harrismith are certified Halaal and Kosher.