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the production of grains in this country where the agricultural sector grew by more 22% and contributed 0.4% to the
gross domestic product.
Although the country's agricultural sector has posted
steady growth since 2015, the wheat sub-sector, a key cereal
ingredient in the country's pet food industry, has recorded
mixed performance in the recent past largely because of the
effects of the liberalization of the wheat market and adverse
weather conditions in key growing areas.
The Food and Agriculture Organization attributed the
drop in South Africa's cereal production from 18,808,000
tonnes in 2017 to 15,480,000 tonnes early this year to "price
induced contraction in plantings."
The UN agency said total commercial plantings declined
by 12% on a yearly basis as well as lower yields which were
due to an extended period of below average rainfall in
January and early February.
The FAO said South Africa's winter wheat crop is expected to be harvested in October after the country's "favorable
rains in the main western growing regions and improved
moisture levels and benefited crop development."
"Continued favorable rains are predicted over the main
wheat-growing Western Cape province from July through
September, boosting production outlook," the FAO said.
The global food agency has predicted a "slight increase
in production compared to the below-average output of the
previous year."
The increase in wheat production is expected to impact
the pet food market in South Africa, especially because
grains represent between 40% to 70% of the volume of pet
food rations.
However, ensuring a stable future supply of the grains
to fuel the pet food market largely would depend on how
the government and private sector respond to an emerging
trend of falling profitability of the wheat crop.
"Declining trend in hectares planted with wheat will continue in 2018-19, mainly due to the crop's decreasing profitability," said the latest report by the USDA on South Africa's
grains industry, which also notes a decrease of 1 million
hectares under wheat compared to 20 years.
"Producers will plant 480,000 hectares of wheat, which
could on average yields realize a wheat crop of about 1.7
million tonnes," USDA said.
In February, South Africa's Crop Estimate Committee estimated wheat production to be about 1.5 million tonnes for
the 2017-18 year, which is a 20% drop from the previous
year. The decline in production has been attributed to the
severe drought in the Western Cape province where nearly
75% of the crop is grown.

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Pet Food Processing - September 2018
CONTENTS
OFF THE LEASH - Learning curve
TRENDS - Can appeal
PLANT PROFILE - capitalizing ON KIBBLE
SMALL BUSINESS PROFILE - the BUTCHER shop
EDUCATION - Extrusion Cooking 101
REGULATORY - International EXPORTS
FOOD SAFETY - COLD cure
INGREDIENTS - really CLEAN
WORLD MARKETS - South Africa PET FOOD
FORMULATION - balancing ACT
EQUIPMENT - the NEXT STEP
OPERATIONS - What could go WRONG?
PACKAGING - up and COMING
BEST IN SHOW
EVENTS
INDEX
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PET Food Processing - September 2018 - CONTENTS
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - OFF THE LEASH - Learning curve
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 9
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 10
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - TRENDS - Can appeal
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 12
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 13
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 14
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - PLANT PROFILE - capitalizing ON KIBBLE
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PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 19
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 20
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PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 24
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 25
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 26
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - SMALL BUSINESS PROFILE - the BUTCHER shop
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 28
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - EDUCATION - Extrusion Cooking 101
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 30
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 31
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 32
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - REGULATORY - International EXPORTS
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 34
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 35
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 36
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - FOOD SAFETY - COLD cure
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 38
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 39
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 40
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - INGREDIENTS - really CLEAN
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 42
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 43
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 44
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 45
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 46
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - WORLD MARKETS - South Africa PET FOOD
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 48
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 49
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 50
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 51
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 52
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - FORMULATION - balancing ACT
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 54
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PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 56
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 57
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 58
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - EQUIPMENT - the NEXT STEP
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 60
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PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 62
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - OPERATIONS - What could go WRONG?
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 64
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 65
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 66
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - PACKAGING - up and COMING
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - BEST IN SHOW
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PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 70
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 71
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - EVENTS
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - 73
PET Food Processing - September 2018 - INDEX
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