Data and analysis

Sugar Annual | Sugar | Pretoria | Eswatini

Post forecasts that sugar cane production in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) will increase marginally by 1 percent to 6.1 million Metric Tons (MT) in the 2021/22 Marketing Year (MY), based on good rainfall, increased available irrigation water, normal weather conditions, growth in the area planted and consistent cane yields. Post forecasts that sugar production will increase marginally by 1 percent...

Food Processing Ingredients | Food Processing Ingredients | Pretoria | South Africa

South Africa’s well-developed food processing sector has been under pressure since the March 2020 national lockdown due to COVID-19, which imposed many restrictions on the food industry. The sector, which serves as a gateway to Sub-Saharan African markets, has been impacted on multiple fronts including; labor shortages due to work stoppages, limited staff to observe social distancing, sporadic bans...

Sugar Annual | Sugar | Pretoria | South Africa – Republic of

Post forecasts that the South African sugar cane crop will increase by 3 percent to 18.8 million Metric Tons (MT) in the 2021/22 MY, based on normal weather conditions, improvements in yields, and marginal increases in area planted. Post forecasts that raw sugar production will increase by 3 percent to 2.2 million MT in the 2021/22 MY, based on...

Sugar Annual | Sugar | Pretoria | Zimbabwe

Post forecasts that sugar cane production in Zimbabwe will increase by 2 percent to 3.6 million Metric Tons (MT) in the 2021/22 Marketing Year (MY), based on normal weather conditions, availability of sufficient irrigation water, and an increase in area planted. Post forecasts that sugar production will increase by 1 percent to 415,000 MT in the 2021/22 MY, based...

Oilseeds and Products Annual | Oilseeds and Products

Post predicts that South Africa’s positive trend in soybean plantings will continue in the 2021/22 MY in line increased local crushing capacity. The COVID-19 pandemic has not impacted the industry in the 2020/21 MY, as soybean production is expected to increase by almost 40 percent to a historical high level of 1.7 million tons on a record planted area...

South Africa Initiates Antidumping Duty Investigations into Bone-in Chicken Meat from Brazil and Four EU Countries | Poultry and Products

On February 22, 2021, South Africa's International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) initiated antidumping duty investigations on bone-in chicken imports from Poland, Ireland, Denmark, Spain and Brazil. The investigation is in response to an application by the South African Poultry Association alleging that these poultry products are being dumped in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) market, and thereby causing...

The United States and Southern Africa Agricultural Trade Decreases Due to COVID-19 | Agricultural Situation, Agriculture in the Economy, Agriculture in the News, Promotion Opportunities

The partial and full lockdowns implemented globally including in Southern Africa to address COVID-19, severely disrupted the movement of people and agricultural trade in 2020. United States agricultural exports to Southern Africa were severely impacted by COVID-19, and decreased by 23 percent to US$483.7 million in 2020. In comparison, Southern African agricultural exports to the United States were more...

Mixed Reactions to the 2021 National Budget by the South African Agricultural Sector

On February 24, South African Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni presented the 2021 National Budget. The budget was met with mixed reactions by the agricultural sector. The 8 percent increase in excise duties on alcohol (wine, beer and spirits) has been heavily criticized and is likely to hamper the recovery of the financially distressed liquor industry. On the other...

Strong Domestic and Export Demand Drives Growth in South African Avocodo Plantings

The production of avocados in South Africa is estimated to decrease marginally by 2 percent to 130,000 Metric Tons (MT) in the 2020/21 MY, based on the cyclical on-year and off-year nature of avocado production. South African avocado production has experienced exceptional growth in the past four decades, from 1,500 MT in the 1969/70 MY, to the peak production...