/ 4 December 2023

South Africa’s winter crop size is decent, but quality remains a concern

Not enough: The tariff on imported wheat acts as a buffer to protect local farmers when international wheat prices are lower and makes the domestic market competitive.
The recent floods damaged these crops more than wheat and canola. Notably, there are reportedly quality issues in barley, and the extent of it will be clear in the coming weeks. (Mike Hutchings/Reuters)
The expected wheat crop is above the 10-year average harvest but estimates for barley and oats are lower than the Crop Estimates Committee forecasts

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