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Agriculture Heavy rains have returned to boost agricultural production.


he long-term drought which came to a very wet end in KwaZuluNatal nevertheless had very serious effects on the agricultural sector. The provincial government reported that 6.3% fewer households were directly involved in agriculture in 2016 compared to 2011, and this was largely attributed to drought conditions. Despite this setback, the KwaZulu-Natal’s agricultural sector is very strong, taking advantage as it does of the province’s fertile and varied soils. Eighteen percent of KwaZulu-Natal’s 6.5-million hectares of agricultural land is arable and the balance is suitable for the rearing of livestock. Vegetables grow well in most areas, and some maize is grown in the north-west. Nuts such as pecan and macadamia thrive. The province’s forests occur mostly in the southern and northern edges of the province. The sugar sector is dealt with separately in this publication. TWK is a R6-billion operation that originated in forestry (as Transvaal Wattlegrowers Co-operative) but which is now a diverse agricultural company with seven operating divisions. It has 19 trade outlets in the province and 21 in Swaziland and Mpumalanga. The coastal areas lend themselves to sugar production and fruit growing, with subtropical fruits doing particularly well in the north. KwaZulu-Natal produces 7% of South Africa’s citrus fruit. The Coastal Farmers Co-operative represents 1 400 farmers. Beef originates mainly in the Highveld and Midlands areas, with dairy production being undertaken in the Midlands and south. The province produces 18% of South Africa’s milk. The Orange Grove Dairy KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2017/18


SECTOR INSIGHT Agri-villages and agri-parks are planned to boost rural economies. • 18% of South Africa’s milk comes from KwaZuluNatal. Farm near Dundee has one of the biggest pedigree Jersey herds in the country. KwaZulu-Natal’s subsistence farmers hold 1.5-million cattle, which represents 55% of the provincial beef herd, and their goat herds account for 74% of the province’s stock. The Midlands is also home to some of the country’s finest racehorse stud farms. The area around Camperdown is one of the country’s most important areas for pig farming. Enterprise iLembe, the development arm of the iLembe

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