The SA barley industry is set to face a demand slump emanating from the coronavirus-induced alcohol ban, when there is a predicted record 2020/2021 farm production harvest. SA could produce about 505,215 tonnes of barley in 2020/2021, up 46% from the previous season. This is a result of increased area plantings and expected higher yields following favourable rainfall in the Western Cape.

Such a harvest means SA will likely be a net exporter of barley. The key export markets for SA’s barley over the past five years were on the African continent, primarily Uganda, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Lesotho and Togo...

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