Weather conditions and soil moisture are reportedly good, which should support cultivation of rice, including in South Africa, says Wandile Sihlobo.
The outlook for global agricultural conditions is again in the spotlight as the 2021/22 global grains and oilseed production season commences in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, the season will only start around October.
Two major global institutions – the International Grains Council (IGC) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have recently released their preliminary forecasts for the season. Both institutions paint a positive picture of a potential increase in global grains and oilseeds production in 2021/22 compared to the previous 2020/21 production season.