The USDA forecasts Zimbabwe’s wheat production for the 2023/24 marketing year at 240,000 tonnes, up 37% year-on-year, which is very encouraging.
As the farmers’ protests continue in various regions of Europe, the primary question on the minds of South African agriculturalists is what implications, if any, these will have on local production and exports.
The South African Crop Estimates Committee had an important meeting today to review and finalize the crop production figures of commercial white and yellow maize, sunflower seed, soybeans, groundnuts, and sorghum for 2023.
The data recently released by the Crop Estimates Committee puts the preliminary area plantings for summer grains and oilseeds at 4,41 million hectares, up by 0,4% y/y (albeit down mildly from 4,48 million hectares of the intended area when the season started).
It is commonplace for political parties to include land and agricultural policies in their election manifestos and promises. This year’s elections come when the agricultural sector faces serious challenges, thus offering an opportunity to hear whether the political leaders or various parties’ manifestos will speak to the pressing challenges of the sector.
Reading the headline “Saudi Arabia to start SA meat imports as ban ends,” on financial news organisation Bloomberg, was refreshing. This development means everything is now in place for the kingdom to import beef from SA.