ECONOMIC REVIEW FOR THE 12 MONTHS THAT ENDED ON 30 JUNE 2017

Volume of agricultural production

The estimated volume of agricultural production in 2016/17 was 7,7% more than in 2015/16.
The field crop production volume increased by 50,8%, mainly as a result of increases in the production of
summer crops (maize and sorghum), winter crops (wheat, barley and canola), as well as oilseed crops (soya
beans, sunflower seed and groundnuts), hay, sugar cane and dry beans. Maize production increased by
8,2 million tons (99,7%) and sorghum by 92 960 tons (114,7%) from the previous season and can mainly be
attributed to the favourable production conditions that prevailed at the beginning of 2017. Wheat production
increased by 472 087 tons (32,6%), barley by 23 000 tons (6,93%) and canola by 12 000 tons (12,9%) from
2015/16. Soya beans production increased by 598 370 tons (80,6%), sunflower seed by 69 630 tons (8,9%)
and groundnut production by 82 460 tons (412,2%) from 2015/16. The production of hay increased by
396 000 tons (8,8%), sugar cane by 213 209 tons (1,4%) and dry beans by 36 390 tons (93,3%) from
2015/16. Read more…

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