Sugar Industry Statistical Information

The Facts and Figures of the sugar industry provides statistical information and seasonal comparisons of the Total Cane/Sugar Production, Crop Data, Sugarcane Crushed by Mills, SA Sugar Supplies into the SACU Market and Recoverable Value and Cane Prices.

National Market Consumption



The Total Cane/Sugar Production graph provides a season by season comparison of sugar produced. It also provides insight on the quantity of sugar consumed nationally and the quantity of sugar sold on the international market.



Sugar Cane Crushed by Mills (tons)

The Sugarcane Crushed by Mills graph provides information on the total amount of sugarcane crushed by South African mills.



Crop Data and Recoverable Value

The Crop Data graph provides a seasonal comparison of the total crop area under sugarcane. The Recoverable Value (RV) and Cane Prices graph provides a seasonal comparison of the RV determined price.


National Market Sugar Consumption

Estimates (tons) Sugarcane crush Saleable sugar production
December 2018 for the 2018/2019 Season (tons) 19 031 618 2 184 004
The National Market Sugar Consumption table indicates the SA sugar supply into the SACU markets.

Direct Employment

Direct employment within the sugar industry is approximately 85 000 jobs, which represents a significant percentage of the total agricultural workforce in South Africa. Indirect employment is estimated at 350 000. In addition there are 22 949 registered cane growers. Approximately one million people, more than 2% of South Africa’s population, depend on the sugar industry for a living.

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Cane Growing in South Africa

Currently, there are 22 949 registered growers in South Africa. Currently, growers are represented by the South African Cane Growers’ Association (SACGA) and the South African Farmers Development Association (SAFDA)…

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