Wandile Sihlobo
3 minute read
24 Mar 2022
5:45 am

Russia-Ukraine war likely to hamper wheat harvest

Wandile Sihlobo

The major concerns for farmers ahead of the season are the rising inputs costs; fuel, fertiliser and agrochemicals.

South Africa imports 30% of our total wheat from Russia and the Ukraine, both of which are major wheat producers on a global scale. Photo for illustration: iStock

South Africa had a fairly good agricultural production season in 2021- 22 with wheat at 2.3 million tons, which is the largest harvest in 20 years, and record yields in some crops such as canola and oats. The large harvest was on the back of an expansion in area plantings and favourable weather conditions that supported the yields. The 2022-23 winter crop season will now commence at the end of April, mainly in the Western Cape, and the following months in other provinces such as the Free State, Northern Cape, Limpopo and North West. The major concerns for farmers ahead...