Sudan Alfalfa Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2018 - 2023)
The production of alfalfa was 1,424,205.5 metric ton in 2017 and is expected to register a CAGR of 5.5% during the forecast period (2018 - 2023). Currently, there are no imports of alfalfa into the country. However, the country imports the seeds for cultivating alfalfa from countries, such as Australia, United States, and UAE.
There are a lot of transport-related challenges that are faced by importing countries. Several GCC countries and companies own high quality agricultural lands in Sudan, but there are substantial problems in getting hay from the field to the port. Pelleting transforms alfalfa into a form that is more economical to transport from areas of surplus hay production to areas where there is a deficit of feed. The opportunity may exist for marketing alfalfa production, in the form of pellets, to states with increasing numbers of dairy and slaughter cattle
Total Alfalfa Production in Sudan
The production of alfalfa in Sudan is showcasing a consistently increasing trend since 2012. One of the main reasons being the increasing investments in the country by various foreign firms, especially from the GCC countries. Khartoum is one of the major state in Sudan, with a share of more than 50% of total forage crops cultivation in the country. UAE based companies, such as Amtaar Investment and GLB, started investing in Sudanese land toward forage production from 2011, and the companies are widely adopting centralized pivots toward increasing productivity through improvement in water usage efficiency. The yield in terms of alfalfa fodder greens production in Sudan ranges from 7.2 -11.1 metric ton per hectare and the average dry matter yield is around 1.8 metric ton per hectare. One of the studies published in the Journal of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences in 2017 indicates that the dry matter yield could go up to 2.85 metric ton per hectare.
Ban on Cultivation of Fodder Crops in Saudi Arabia
The Saudi government announced to ban cultivation of green fodder i.e., forage crops and replace them with imported sources by 2019. This move is aimed at streamlining water consumption and streamlining its use for other agricultural areas, due to limited water sources in the Saudi Arabia for judicious use of the scarce resource. As a result of the decision to stop issuing licenses to cultivate green fodder, the number of fodder farmers have already declined 12.6% yearly in Saudi Arabia, therefore, the country is mainly importing alfalfa and other fodder crops from Sudan and despite the growing prices of imported fodder, it rests as the best solution to warrant water security for the Kingdom.
Increasing Purchase of Overseas Land by Saudi Arabia for Fodder Cultivation
Due to the ban on cultivation of fodder crops in Saudi Arabia, as a result of water constraints, a lot of companies have been purchasing land overseas and cultivating alfalfa crops, to fill in the supply and demand gap. For instance, Saudi Arabia's Almarai, which is one of the largest integrated dairy companies in the world's, made a USD 31.8 million land purchase in California as a result of domestic fodder output curb, which have led to a spike in its share price. Despite the widespread drought conditions, the United States is still attractive to water-seeking companies because it has strong legal protections for agriculture, even though the price of land is higher than in other places. Southern California and Arizona have good water rights. All of these factors are attracting companies to buy land and invest in alfalfa production.
Key Developments of Sudan Alfalfa Market
Jul 2017 - High demand of alfalfa in Sudan has prompted entrepreneurs both local and foreign to grow it on a large scale in several parts of the country.
Dec 2016 -Sudan is in hope that new technology will change their farming by increasing the production. .
Jul 2017 - High demand for alfalfa in Sudan has prompted entrepreneurs both local and foreign to grow it on a large scale in several parts of the country.
Dec 2016 -Sudan is in hope that new technology will change their farming by increasing the production.
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