Drought could cost SA almost R10bn in food export revenue

The South African economy could potentially take a R9.2-billion knock in export revenue loss for food crops as the drought continues. Citing industry sources, Business Day reports that this figure excludes the drought’s effect on farmers’ income, job losses and any inflationary aftermath. Grain South Africa published on its website recently that the country would have to import 770 000 tonnes of maize until the end of April next year at R2.2bn. The country will also need R1bn worth of wheat imports to make up for shortfalls triggered by drought conditions. In the 2013/2014 financial year, SA produced a bumper […]

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NOK verwag kleiner koringoes

Droogte het nie net vanjaar sy merk op die somergraan-oeste gelaat nie, maar die koringoes wat eersdaags in die Wes-Kaap gestroop word, sal na verwagting ook heelwat kleiner wees. Die Nasionale Oesskattingskomitee (NOK) het sy skatting van die koringoes met 3,3% tot 1,64 miljoen ton verlaag weens die droogte in die Swartland, waar tot twee-derdes van die land se koring verbou word. Volgens André Kirsten, ’n koringboer van Darling en lid van Graan SA se bestuur, is vanjaar die droogste jaar op rekord vir die Swartland. “Daar is plek-plek totale misoeste aangeteken, terwyl daar weer ander dele van die Swartland is waar […]

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Transport management needs macroeconomic approach, urges logistics professor .

South Africa is a transport challenged country and, although transport-related issues should be a government priority, this is not the case and government has not yet mastered managing transport and logistics from a macroeconomic perspective, Stellenbosch University (SU) logistics professor Jan Havenga told delegates at a recent meeting of the Transport Forum, in Durban. Print Send to Friend 1 0 He added that a great deal could be gleaned from the Logistics Barometer launched by SU’s Logistics Department earlier this year. The barometer measures logistics costs as a percentage of a country’s gross domestic product (GDP) and unpacks this to […]

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