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Agbiz anticipates SA may escape the worst of El Niño as good rains are forecast

# Agbiz chief economist Wandile Sihlobo has welcomed the news that the country may escape the worst impacts of El Niño due to forecasted good rains. The latest data from the South African Weather Service indicates above-normal rainfall from November through March 2024 in the northeast, while below-normal rainfall is expected in the central and south-western parts of the country. Sihlobo notes that these rains are anticipated to cover critical pollination stages of the summer crop, providing much-needed moisture and potentially leading to better yields.