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May 2013: TRACTOR and COMBINE HARVESTER SALES
Retail sales of agricultural equipment during May 2013 were as follows:
May tractor sales of 550 units were 5% lower than the 580 units reported in May last year. On a year-to-date
basis, tractor sales are almost 4% down on those of the first five months of last year. May combine harvester
sales of 28 units were significantly down on the 56 units sold in May last year. Year-to-date combine harvester
sales are still sharply up on sales for the same period last year.
Although the official maize production forecast has been cut by approximately 8% since the first estimate in
February, many farmers have already harvested good crops. It is mainly in the western maize production areas
that crops have been adversely affected by drought. Looming on the horizon are price increases which will need
to be implemented as a result of the recent sharp drop in the value of the rand. This might encourage farmers to
buy up current lower-priced stock in the short term. Thereafter, the higher prices will surely have an adverse effect
on sales of new equipment.
Industry expectations are that tractor sales in the 2013 calendar year will be of the order of 6 700 to 7 100 units,
between 10 and 15% down on 2012 sales. Tractor sales so far this year are beginning to reflect this trend.
Chairman: South African Agricultural Machinery Association
Contact: Mr. Callie Human (082) 807-7406 or Dr. Jim Rankin (011) 453-7249
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