Respect agriculture’s contribution to stability
Time is racing past at an ever-increasing pace. I think this year this is even more applicable than in any other year I have been involved in grain.
The consequences of a rainy season that came earlier, producers who could plant earlier than in the past few years, and sufficient available heat units over large parts of the summer-grain area are now coming to a head.
With a few exceptions, the reality is that the quality and moisture are at present ideal for the summer grains and oilseeds harvest to not only commence earlier, but even to end earlier.
Other good news for the industry is that the new crops in the winter cereal areas will be in the soil soon. In general, prices are higher than last year and the export programme has already commenced.
I think that agriculture contributes to political and economic stability in any area. It meets two needs, namely food and money. I truly hope that the government will respect this fact in an election year and not abuse it.
To everyone involved and providing support with the gathering, grading and weighing, inspection, handling, storage, financing, processing and logistical and administrative processes of the current harvest – and also those who are already working on the next harvest – I wish you all the best. Know where your help and strength come from.
Johan van Rensburg
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