Recent rains welcome but WC not out of the woods yet

While the heavy rains across the Western Cape recently have bought flooding misery for many, the agricultural community are welcoming the downpours.

Parts of the drought gripped province have seen rainfall of up to 86mm over the last few days.

Wandile Sihlobo from the Agricultural Business Chamber says it's good news for the sector.

I wouldn't say the province is out of the woods, but any rainfall is a welcome development.

Wandile Sihlobo, Economist - Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz)

Sihlobo says the rains are particularly welcome now when key crops like wheat, barley, and canola are being planted.

The guys had stopped planting in the southern Cape because it was fairly dry, but now with moisture improving we're hoping that we could receive some good rainfall throughout the season and if that could be the case this could be a good development and not only on those crops but also on the wine grape side.

Wandile Sihlobo, Economist - Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz)

You need continuous rainfall throughout the winter season, it's great to get it now because those who have already planted, it will assist in the germination process and of course help the dam levels.

Wandile Sihlobo, Economist - Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz)

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