Despite a tumultuous year for most industries, South Africa’s agricultural sector is enjoying bumper crops with the country’s 2020/21 winter barley and canola harvests expected to be the largest on record, and wheat production predicted to reach a 19-year high. Still, Business Insider reports, South Africa is a net importer of wheat and, despite reaching a harvest high, will need to rely on approximately 1.5 million tonnes shipped in from the Black Sea region, Eastern Europe, and North America, with chief economist of the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa, Wandile Sihlobo, explaining that the bigger local harvest also won’t make local bread any cheaper.
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