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Sugar Industry Statistical Information

The Facts and Figures of the sugar industry provide 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.

The Total Cane/Sugar Production table 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.
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The Sugarcane Crushed by Mills table provides information on the total amount of sugarcane crushed by South African mills.
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The Crop Data table provides a seasonal comparison of the total crop area under sugarcane. The Recoverable Value (RV) and Cane Prices table provides a seasonal comparison of the RV determined price.
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Latest Estimates 2019/2020 Season

Crop Estimates Cane Crush Saleable Sugar Production
The crop estimate for September 2019 is as follows: 19 870 906 tons 2 239 048 tons
Estimates (tons) Sugarcane crush Saleable sugar production
19 299 412 2 167 774

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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