South Africa: South Africa's Declining Trend in Sorghum Production to Continue

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Over the past decade, sorghum production in South Africa decreased dramatically as producers preferred to plant more profitable crops, like corn and oilseeds. For the 2020/2021 MY, this trend is expected to continue, as Post estimates a 6 percent decline in area planted to sorghum and a 14 percent decrease in production to 120,000 tons. As a result, sorghum imports will rise by 80 percent to 55,000 tons. South Africa’s sorghum crop for the 2019/20 MY is estimated at 138,885 tons, which is 9 percent higher than the 127,000 tons of sorghum produced in the 2018/19 MY. South Africa is also experiencing a significant depreciation of its exchange rate since the start of 2020, which coupled with the increase in production to cause a sharp rise in the import parity prices of sorghum. As a result, Post estimates sorghum imports will drop by 50 percent to 30,000 tons in the 2019/20 MY. The United States is the major supplier of sorghum to South Africa with almost 95 percent of total sorghum imports.

South Africa: South Africa's Declining Trend in Sorghum Production to Continue

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