All this lovely rain – it’s too much, and might mean higher food prices
Most of South Africa has received rainfall far above the average since about October 2021 – the third excessively wet season in a row, writes agricultural economist Wandile Sihlobo.
The South African Weather Service expects heavy rains to continue until March.
Sihlobo is concerned the 2021/2022 production season could bring a lower harvest than the previous one due to crop damage and delays in planting.
A recent survey by Grain South Africa shows that farmers in the Free State, Mpumalanga, North West, Limpopo, and Kwazulu-Natal ranked excessive rains as their biggest risk to crops this year.
Ray White (in for The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield) interviewed Sihlobo (scroll up to listen).
Excessive rains have caused a delay in planting… Flooding… has caused damage to some crops.Wandile Sihlobo, agricultural economist - Agricultural Business Chamber
We are not yet in a crisis or net food importers… It’s a risk we are managing… Some regions are experiencing much harsher conditions than others…Wandile Sihlobo, agricultural economist - Agricultural Business Chamber
Rainfall is good up to a certain amount. Once it crosses a certain threshold, it becomes a risk when it comes to yield…Wandile Sihlobo, agricultural economist - Agricultural Business Chamber
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