South African Food Security Bulletin for the month of July 2017
During July 2017, significant rainfall events were mainly limited to the south-western parts of the country. The production forecast of white maize is 9,507 million tons, which is 178,92% or 6,098 million tons more than the 3,408 million tons of the previous season.
The yield for white maize is 5,79 t/ha. In the case of yellow maize the production forecast is 6,462 million tons, which is 47,88% or 2,092 million tons more than the 4,370 million tons of the previous season. The yield for yellow maize is 6,56 t/ha. The production forecast for sunflower seed is 821 970 tons, which is 8,87% or 66 970 tons more than the 755 000 tons of the previous season.
The area estimate for sunflower seed is 635 750 ha, while the expected yield is 1,29 t/ha. The production forecast for soybeans is 1,340 million tons, which is 80,64% or 598 370 tons more than the 742 000 tons of the previous season. It is the largest soybean crop produced in the history of South Africa. The estimated area planted to soybeans is 573 950 ha and the expected yield is 2,34 t/ha.
The expected groundnut crop is 90 550 tons, which is 412,16% or 72 870 tons more than the 17 680 tons of 2016. The area estimate is 56 000 ha and the expected yield of 1,62 t/ha. The production forecast for sorghum is 151 335 tons, which is 114,66% or 80 835 tons more than the 70 500 ton of 2016. The area estimate for sorghum is 42 350 ha. The expected yield is 3,57 t/ha.
In the case of dry beans, the production forecast showed an increase of 93,33% or 33 080 tons to 68 525 tons. The area estimate of dry beans is 45 050 ha, with an expected yield of 1,52 t/ha.
The exports of white maize for the 2017/18 marketing year are projected 870 000 tons, which represents an increase of 48,10% compared to the 587 423 tons of the previous marketing year. Yellow maize exports are projected at 1,310 million tons, which represents a significant increase of 198,49% compared to the 438 879 tons of the previous marketing year.
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