This week is critical for determining the size of the initially intended 4,3 million hectares for South Africa’s summer crops in the 2021/22 production season farmers are ultimately planted.
Several farmers have reported patches of crop damage and delays in planting, specifically in regions of North West and Free State, both of which are pillars of SA’s grain and oilseed production.
A drive from Pretoria to the Eastern Cape in December always offers an opportunity to assess the country’s agricultural conditions after the first few months of the summer season.
The year 2021 has ended positively for South Africa’s agricultural sector. Farmers experienced a unique season characterized by bumper yields, and higher agricultural commodity prices, particularly in the grains and oilseeds industries.
Agricultural productivity growth – the increase in yield per unit (land/animal) – depends largely on technological innovation and the adoption of new seeds, new equipment, new genetics, as well as effective animal medicine.
The third quarter agricultural economic performance data surprised many people. Before its release, the prevailing view was that agriculture was a shining light.
South Africa’s agricultural sector has started the 2021/2022 production season positively. The country is in a full swing La Niña, which is evident from the frequent and above-average rainfalls the country has received since the beginning of October.
The six-minute discussion focused on South Africa’s agricultural conditions, exports activity and jobs in the sector.