South African wheat farms to produce record crops just as global supplies dry up


South African wheat farms to produce record crops just as global supplies dry up

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Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine is already having a ripple effect on the price and availability of food across the world.

Together, the two countries account for 29% of the entire global wheat export market.

South Africa, a net food exporter, imports about 30% of its annual wheat supplies for Ukraine and Russia.

The country’s wheat farms, however, is going through a wildly productive period – just at the right time.

Before 1998, wheat yields in South Africa averaged below two tonnes per hectare.

Right now, yields average about 4.3 tonnes per hectare.

South Africa’s last wheat crop produced 2.3 million tonnes, the largest in two decades.

Agricultural economist Wandile Sihlobo expects increased plantings and no shortages of wheat in South Africa in the immediate future.

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