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Interesting facts about farming in South Africa

As one of the world’s oldest industries, farming has shaped society, as we know it today. This is especially true when you take South Africa into consideration. According to Statistics South Africa, three main powerhouses have driven farming in South Africa. These are Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape.

What are the main crops grown in South Africa?

Maize is most widely grown, followed by wheat, sugar cane and sunflowers. Citrus and deciduous fruits are exported, as are locally produced wines and flowers. South Africa is not only self-sufficient in virtually all major agricultural products, but is also a net food exporter

Oranges is the most exported Fruit By South Africa

Oranges topped the list of fruit exports by South Africa with a share value of 21.4 %, followed by table grapes, apples and lemons constituting a share value of 14.7 %, 12.4 % and 9.1 % respectively. In total, the top 10 fruits exported by South Africa constituted an 84.1 % share value of all fruit trade.

What is the most profitable crop in South Africa?

Macadamia nuts are hard to beat when it comes to the most lucrative crop per land area used in South Africa. According to statistics from the SA Macadamia Growers’ Association (Samac) Earning you almost R375,000 per hectare, this must be SA’s most profitable crop

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What is the easiest crop to farm in South Africa

  • Lettuce. Lettuce can be sown directly in your garden bed, or started indoors for transplanting. …
  • Peas. Snap, snow, and shelling peas are all best sown as early as the soil can be worked in spring. …
  • Radishes
  • Turnips
  • Beans
  • Sunflowers
  • Sweet Potatoes. …
  • Winter Squash, including Pumpkins

Most Profitable Herbs To Grow

  • Basil. Basil tops the list as the most popular culinary herb. …
  • Chives. Standard chives are a steady seller. …
  • Cilantro. Cilantro is another popular culinary herb. …
  • Oregano. Oregano is one of the most popular herbs that you’ll find in Italian cooking. …
  • Parsley. …
  • Catnip. …
  • Chamomile. …
  • Lavender

Are most farmers rich in South Africa?

Yes, farmers are rich in many ways, but farmers are not wealthy. They have a full life filled with nature and family, and the fulfillment of seeing the fruit of their labor in tangible ways. Farmers also understand the magnitude and importance of their work on a daily basis

Top Reasons It’s Great To Be A Farmer

  • You get to put great food on people’s plates
  • You learn something new everyday
  • You never get bored as farming always offer new daily challenges
  • You don’t spend your days on social media
  • You stay in touch with nature
  • You have time flexibility and are not restricted to office hours
  • The harder you work the more rewarding it gets!

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One Reply to “Interesting facts about farming in South Africa”

  1. I love farming , I am interested in crop production and I would like to do a short courses on crop production but I do not know where as I am staying in Mossel bay.

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