Cane Growing In South Africa
Sugarcane is a strategic crop for KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, where sugarcane production is located, comprising a substantial percentage of field crop gross farming income across the two provinces. For the 2018/2019 season, there were 20 217 registered sugarcane growers. In terms of the breakdown, there were 18 885 small-scale growers, of whom 12 076 delivered cane in the 2018/2019 season, producing 12.5% of the total crop. There were 1 231 large-scale growers, of whom 1 134 delivered cane, accounting for 80% of the total crop. Milling companies with their own sugar estates produced 7.5% of the total crop.