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.
Currently, growers are represented by the South African Cane Growers’ Association (SACGA) and the South African Farmers Development Association (SAFDA). If you are interested in sugarcane growing or farming, please contact SACGA on 031 508 7200 and SAFDA on 031 508 7283.