FAO/GIEWS: Africa Report No.1 - April 2004 p.51

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  SOUTH AFRICA

Latest official estimates of the main maize crop in 2003 have been revised slightly downwards to 9.7 million tonnes, and those of sorghum slightly upwardsto197 000tonnes. In aggregate, the coarse grain crop is about average, although lower than in 2002. However, export availability remained around last year’s level of 1.4 million tonnes.

CEREAL SUPPLY/DEMAND BALANCE FOR THE 2003/04 MARKETING YEAR (May/April)
 WheatRiceCoarse GrainsTotal Cereals
 [thousand tonnes]
Previous year production2 321310 47812 802
Previous five years average production2 15739 21411 374
Previous year imports8846181 2332 735
Previous five years average imports6545376941 885
2003/04 Domestic Availability1 728210 17611 906
2003 Production (rice in paddy terms)1 428310 17611 607
2003 Production (rice in milled terms)1 428210 17611 606
Possible stock drawdown300--300
2003/04 Utilization2 82878210 60714 217
Food use2 5506974 5457 792
Non-food use178554 4574 690
Exports or re-exports100-1 3001 400
Possible stock build up-30305335
2003/04 Import Requirement1 1007804312 311
Anticipated commercial imports1 1007804312 311
of which: received or contracted----
Food aid needs----
Current Aid Position    
Food aid pledges6-103109
of which: delivered6-103109
Donor-financed purchases--174174
of which: for local use----
for export--174174
Estimated Per Caput Consumption (kg/year)5716101173
Indexes[percentage]
2003 production compared to average (rice paddy terms)66100110102
2003/04 Import requirement compared to average16814562123
Cereal share of total calorie intake   -
Additional Information    
Major foodcropsMaize, wheat
Lean seasonFebruary-April
Population (000s)45 026   
GNI per capita in 2001 (US$)2 600   

FAO/GIEWS - April 2004

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