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Agricultural Trade Brief 2023 Q4

BFAP’s Agricultural Trade Brief interprets and contextualises the latest quarterly international trade data and provides insights on the major factors driving agricultural trade. This quarterly brief provides the trends and patterns of fourth-quarter South African agriculture trade for various commodities with several partners worldwide. Some factors that may have influenced trade in the quarter such

Perspectives on Agriculture’s GDP performance in Q4 2023

The release of the country’s GDP results for the final quarter of 2023 brought several surprises, which we unpack in this Brief. For the total economy, GDP increased by 0.1% in the fourth quarter of 2023. For the full year 2023, GDP expanded by 0.6% in real terms. The big surprise, however, was that agriculture

Agricultural Trade Brief 2023 Q3

BFAP’s Agricultural Trade Brief interprets and contextualises the latest quarterly international trade data and provides insights on the major factors driving agricultural trade. Click here to read more.

Perspectives on Agriculture’s GDP performance in Q3 2023

In the third quarter of 2023, South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) decreased by 0.2% in the third quarter of 2023. The contribution of agriculture decreased by 9.6%. The biggest contributor to the agricultural sector performance in Q3 of 2023 was a 36% decline in the revenue of field crops.  Download here to read the full

Agriculture sector performance versus the targets of the NDP

How has the agricultural sector performed against the development objectives and targets outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP)? The recently launched 2023 BFAP Baseline as well as data on land reform collected by the BER provide a sense of the exceptional performance of the sector. There are, however, threats on the horizon that could

Production Potential for Soybeans and Maize in the Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape was mentioned in the National Development Plan as a region “with untapped potential” however, there are a number of factors that limit this potential. These include physical characteristics (soil depth and quality (pH, soil nutrients), topology and degradation) as well as land use/competition dynamics. It was found, based on the area and

Perspectives on Agriculture’s GDP performance in Q2 2023

In the second quarter of 2023, the agricultural sector grew by 4.2% quarter on quarter. It should be noted that this follows a decline of almost 5% in quarter 1, and a decline of almost 20% in quarter 2 of 2022 due to later than normal delivery of some summer crops, which bolstered growth in

Perspectives on AGRICULTURE’s PERFORMANCE in Q1 of 2023

South Africa’s seasonally adjusted quarter- on-quarter real GDP increased by 0.4% in the first quarter of 2023, but agricultural GDP contracted by 12.3%. This publication contextualises the latest release of GDP statistics by StatsSA and provides insights on the major factors behind agriculture’s contribution to GDP.   Download here to read the full article. 

The impact of loadshedding on the Western Cape agricultural sector

The objective of this study is to provide a description of the energy dependency of the Western Cape agricultural sector on the national grid, within the context of the loadshedding situation, and to describe the on- and off-farm implications and quantify its socio-economic impacts. To reduce and/or mitigate the impact, the study provides recommendations on

Perspectives on AGRICULTURE’s PERFORMANCE in Q4 of 2022

South Africa’s seasonally adjusted quarter-on-quarter real GDP dropped by 1.3% in the fourth quarter of 2022. This publication contextualises the latest release of GDP statistics by StatsSA and provides insights on the major factors behind agriculture’s contribution to GDP. Download here to read the full article. 

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