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April tractor sales of 540 units were almost 23% more than the 440 units sold in April last year. Year-to-date tractor sales are now 27% up on last year. A total of 43 combine harvesters were sold, 23 units more than the 20 units sold in April last year. On a year-to-date basis combine harvester sales are now 29% up on last year.
Summer crop harvesting is in full swing in some areas. Initial indications are that crop yields are good but, in some cases, due to late rains and early frost, crop quality may have been affected adversely. The excellent combine harvester sales in April reflect the need to harvest the record and near-record summer crops on the land.
Overall agricultural machinery sales started picking up in the third quarter of 2020 and have been on an upward trajectory ever since. It is likely that this trend will slow later this year. Nevertheless, estimates for the 2021 calendar year are encouraging, with tractor sales likely to be up to 15% higher than in 2020. – Press release, South African Agricultural Machinery Association