Members of the Grain Handling Organisation of Southern Africa (GOSA) effectively handled 17.5 million tons of grain, imported and locally produced, during the past season.

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Annatjie Loio, retiring president of GOSA, referred to this at the organisation’s 36th annual general meeting at Club Mykonos in Langebaan on 19 March and wished the organisation’s members every success for the coming season. An estimated 13 million tons of grain will be received, financed, stored, transported, fumigated and processed in the current season.

“According to the latest crop estimate, approximately 2.3 million hectares of maize was planted, which could provide a potential crop of 10.5 million tons of maize. This crop and carryover stock of about 3 million tons, should provide South Africa with sufficient maize for the season ahead,’ said Loio.

According to Loio, Nigeria will harvest about 11 million tons of maize in the coming season, which will be 500 000 tons more than South Africa, making that country the top producer of maize in sub-Saharan Africa for the season. Malawi’s maize crop is expected to be about 3.4 million tons. Zimbabwe appears to have enough maize for local consumption, which is to their advantage, as the US will probably extend their sanctions against Zimbabwe for another year.

During the current season, South Africa exported white and yellow maize to Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland and Namibia. Yellow maize was exported to Ghana and white maize to Ethiopia. Deep-sea exports included white maize to Italy and Spain, and yellow maize to Korea, Italy, Taiwan, Japan and Vietnam. Maize exports for the current season to Africa and overseas amount to roughly 2 million tons.

Yellow maize was imported from South America through Cape Town harbour because of competitive prices during the second part of 2018. It is estimated that about 170 000 metric tons of yellow maize will be imported through Cape Town harbour until the end of April. South Africa is a net importer of wheat. In addition to local production, wheat was imported from Canada, America, Argentina, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Latvia.

Congress goers and speakers, from the left: Ferdinand Meyer from Ronin and GOSA board member; speaker Adrian Roos, from Hexagon Geospatial and Phillippus Oosthuizen from Continual.
Economic and political landscape

GOSA’s 36th annual symposium was held at Club Mykonos in Langebaan on 19 March and 20 March. Various speakers discussed the prevailing economic and political landscape, digital transformation for food security, the top digital trends in agriculture, and South Africa in a water- and capital-scarce economy.

The symposium followed a successful GOSA workshop held at Nampo Park in October last year, which was attended by 100 delegates. GOSA Cape has held four meetings this year, and an informative workshop on 30 June last year, attended by 63 delegates. Members of GOSA Cape also attended refresher courses on winter cereals and fumigation during the past season.

Cooperation with Agbiz Grain

Members of GOSA and Agbiz Grain have held discussions on possible cooperation in certain fields. Prof Johan Willemse is acting as the facilitator and the discussions are to be continued.

New president to be appointed

After an uninterrupted term of office of 16 years as president of GOSA, Loio stepped down at the annual general meeting. “Thank you to all the board members of GOSA who loyally supported me over the past 16 years. It is wonderful to be a part of the agricultural family,” Loio said.

The Board thanked Loio for her dedicated service to the organisation, and particularly mentioned her firm leadership and her excellent example as a role-player in the grain value chain.

A new president will be appointed at the first board meeting. – Press release