We work in an incredible industry
What a great privilege it is to me to write to you on the eve of probably one of the most beautiful crops that I have seen here in the Overberg in 23 years. A lot can still happen before the combine harvesters are sent into the fields, but the potential can be even better than that of our biggest crop in 2016.
This is just further proof of the incredible industry in which we work every year. Just 12 months ago the southern Cape harvested one of the smallest and most difficult crops – which put our producers and companies under great financial pressure. Our dam levels were below 20% and the Cape barely escaped Day Zero.
Now, a year later, our biggest dam, the Theewaterskloof Dam, is overflowing! Everything by the grace of God.
The harvest prospects for the southern Cape in these favourable climate conditions are above average, and average to above average in the Swartland. The average wheat and barley prices are R400/ton higher than in 2019. This has a positive effect on farm profitability, and also on the economy of the two regions.
Over the past year we have also faced one of our biggest challenges with the advent of the bizarre Covid-19 virus. Everything we were used to was suddenly turned on its head. Businesses and doing business have changed for ever, and everyone had to adapt to a new normal.
However, we can take a few positives from Covid-19 too. People realised what is really important, and family time has once more become something everyone can enjoy. Even in business we had to go back to the basics again.
Well, with the promising crop in the Cape and at Level 1 of the Covid-19 lockdown, I can just thank the Heavenly Father for his rich blessings.
GOSA Cape experienced a quiet year and we definitely missed the annual workshop. However, our committee is working hard on the next workshop – which we hope to present next year.
Everyone in the Cape should enjoy the harvest. We believe everything will go well.
George du Plessis
President GOSA Cape
Cell phone: 082 924 8755