Wandile Sihlobo

I am an agricultural economist and writer from South Africa.

I use this blog to reflect on agricultural economic matters in South Africa and worldwide.

My new book, “Finding Common Ground: Land, Equity and Agriculture“, is available in all major bookstores in South Africa and all eBooks platforms.

My weekly podcast, “Agricultural Market Viewpoint with Wandile Sihlobo“, is available on all podcast platforms.

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A favourable agricultural season ahead

A favourable agricultural season ahead

SA could have another favourable agricultural season in 2022/2023. However, higher production will require careful planning by farmers and agribusinesses regarding finances and planting times.

A decent maize crop for SA in 2022/23 season

A decent maize crop for SA in 2022/23 season

The USDA forecasts South Africa’s commercial maize plantings at 2,60 million hectares in the 2022/23 season, broadly aligned with the CEC, whose data points to a possible area of 2,59 million hectares. This area is slightly below the 2021/22 season of 2,62 million hectares. Still, it is well above the long-term average.

Very encouraging tractor sales in South Africa

Very encouraging tractor sales in South Africa

I have been closely following South Africa’s monthly tractors sales data, and the results continue to surprise me. Since April 2020, the monthly sales have remained positive, registering an average of 26% y/y growth over the past 31 months.

South Africa’s food security conditions

South Africa’s food security conditions

One of the measures that some often use to evaluate the food security condition of each country relative to the world is The Economist’s Global Food Security Index. This latest Index ranks South Africa at 59 out of 113 countries, an improvement from the 70th position in 2021. This places South Africa as the most food secure in the African continent.

Challenges facing Eastern Cape agribusinesses

Challenges facing Eastern Cape agribusinesses

The broad challenges that continue to weigh on agribusiness leaders’ minds in this province are the threat of deteriorating municipal service delivery, corruption in public offices, and failures in the network industries (roads, rail, water, electricity, and ports).

Wandile Sihlobo

I am an agricultural economist and writer from South Africa.

I use this blog to reflect on agricultural economic matters in South Africa and worldwide.

My new book, “Finding Common Ground: Land, Equity and Agriculture“, is available in all major bookstores in South Africa and all eBooks platforms.

My weekly podcast, “Agricultural Market Viewpoint with Wandile Sihlobo“, is available on all podcast platforms.

I am available on all social media platforms.

 

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