Farmer's Weekly (South Africa)

World in brief

- Staff Reporter

The value of US agricultur­al imports, adjusted for inflation, grew by an average of 4% per annum between the fiscal years 2012 and 2022 (October to September).

During this time, total US agricultur­al imports rose from US$139 billion (about R2,4 trillion) to US$194 billion (R3,3 trillion), reported, citing the latest figures from the US Department of Agricultur­e.

Within the broad horticultu­ral products group, fresh fruit was the largest contributo­r to the rise in imports at US$17,9 billion (R306 billion), growing at an annual rate of 9% over the period and accounting for 15% of total import growth.

Key commoditie­s in the fresh fruit group included avocados, berries and citrus, which the US mainly imported from Mexico, Chile and Peru.


Farmers in the Konya Plain, Turkey’s grain-production hub, have been warned not to fill in sinkholes that authoritie­s ascribe to drought and the uncontroll­ed use of undergroun­d water.

According to Turkish news agency Anadolu Agency, the number of sinkholes had been increasing, raising concern among farmers. According to Prof Dr Fetullah ›Í”ǰȱ’›ŽŒ˜›ȱ˜ȱ‘Žȱ ˜—¢Šȱ Technical University applicatio­n and Research Centre in Konya, there were currently 2 512 sinkholes in the region, 1 800 of which were less than 1m deep.

“Drought has a serious effect on the formation of sinkholes. Agricultur­al irrigation, which should be done in April/ȲMay, has already started.

“If there is no change in precipitat­ion, more groundwate­r will be used, which will affect the sinkhole ˜›–Š’˜—œǰȄȱ ›Í”ȱ˜•ȱ —Š˜•žȱ Agency. –

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