The Emerging Agricultural Sector in South Africa

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The Agriculture Sector in South Africa report offers detailed analysis of the market structure along with forecast of the various segments and sub-segments of the market. The South African economy is experiencing huge income growths and a lot of IMF funded projects focusing on the development of the country are also taking shape. Also, with growing net farm income and rising food exports, it is likely that the agricultural sector would expand further, in the years to come.

What does the Full Market Report Provide?

The report provides a detailed analysis of the agriculture in South Africa, which is broadly segmented into – cereals, fruits, vegetables, and oil seeds. The market size, consumption volume, production volume, along with import & export value and volume are also accounted for in the report. A regional analysis has also been carried out, which includes PESTLE analysis, basic supply chain structure of the sector, and the current and upcoming Government Policies having relevance to the market.

South Africa has a robust research and development program for all key crops. Owing to this, a large number of varieties were developed and released during 2010-2013, these were 74 for corn and nine for wheat. Corn is one of the most important and widely grown crops in South Africa. The area under corn production in South Africa has been shrinking over the years. However, the production volume has more or less stayed constant. South Africa is expected to import 38 million tons of corn into the country in the coming years as a result of the El-Nino induced drought in the year 2015, the effects of which are still being felt.

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Market Dynamics

Huge demand for food crops with the rising population, introduction of applied technologies like hydroseeding, and larger, more commercial, and higher valued crops in specific farms are some of the factors driving the market. However, inadequate financing in agricultural sector and lack of required R&D are the likely factors constraining the market.

South Africa is one of the world’s largest producers of chicory root, grapes, corn, castor oil seed, pear, fiber crops, and sisal. Corn contributes to 36% of gross value of the South African field crops. The South African population is anticipated to reach 82 million by 2035. The food production or imports must therefore double to feed the expanding population, and production needs to increase using the same or fewer natural resources.

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Srishti Sharma
Srishti Sharma Srishti Sharma is a Research Associate for the Agriculture domain at Mordor Intelligence. Srishti is dedicated to providing insightful and practical research to the industry through investigating trends, analyzing data, and engaging with the agricultural community space.
Srishti Sharma Srishti Sharma is a Research Associate for the Agriculture domain at Mordor Intelligence. Srishti is dedicated to providing insightful and practical research to the industry through investigating trends, analyzing data, and engaging with the agricultural community space.  

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