January tractor sales of 333 units were significantly (14%) less than the 388 units sold in January last year. January combine harvester sales of five units were one unit more than the four units sold in January last year.

With the summer rainfall season being quite late this year, particularly in the west of the country, most crops are still at a critical developmental stage. Rain will be required in the next two months to bring these crops to fruition.

Farmers are reluctant to buy tractors and combine harvesters at present and are waiting to see how their crops develop before committing themselves. While tractor and combine harvester sales in 2019 were disappointing, there is no doubt that the industry will face many challenges again this year. Initial indications are that 2020 sales could be at similar levels to those of 2019. – SAAMA