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South African animal husbandry and agricultural sectors overview
Kind: ICD What's New  Organization: Department of International Cooperation  Publish Date: 2018-12-14 14:16
South African economy overview
South Africa's GDP amounted to roughly US$349.3 billion in 2017, according to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Gross farming income for the period from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, totaled US$19.6 billion, representing an increase of 2.1 percent over the same period a year earlier. Roughly 4.6 percent of the workforce was employed in the agricultural sector for the period.
South African exports for 2017 amounted to US$94.93 billion. Mainland China was the top export market, at 9.5 percent of the total, followed by the United States at 7.7 percent, Germany at 7.1 percent, Japan at 4.7 percent and India at 4.6 percent. Major South African agricultural exports included sugar, maize, grapes and potatoes, while the main animal husbandry exports included beef, chicken, and milk.

Animal husbandry sector
Despite the fact that global beef production grew by less than 2 percent for 2017, South Africa saw a major increase, with red meat and poultry meat production growing by 12.7 percent and 14.6 percent, respectively, for the period from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. In the same period a year earlier, the South African animal husbandry's production amounted to US$9.08 billion, including beef production of US$2.39 billion and pork production of US$415 million. The sector's exports totaled US$453.77 million, with 17 percent going to Mozambique, 14 percent to Lesotho, 10 percent to Namibia and 8 percent to Kuwait. Poultry meat accounted for 63 percent of the exports, followed by beef at 35 percent and pork at 1 percent.

Agricultural sector
For the period from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, major export markets for South African agricultural products included the Netherlands (roughly US$865 million), the United Kingdom (US$745 million) and mainland China (US$550 million). Major export products included citrus fruits, apples, pears and avocados. South Africa was the world's 12 largest producer of avocados for the period, producing 77,508 tons in volume (about US$74.6 million in value), with 24,637 tons sold domestically and 44,763 tons exported. Total pear production was 432,590 tons, with a value of US$197.91 million. A total of 40,302 tons was sold in the domestic market and 216,351 tons was exported, with the rest being sold for further processing.

1.The World Fact Book, Central Intelligence Agency https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sf.html
2.Quarterly Economic Overview of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, Fourth Quarter 2017 Draft Report
3.Economic Review of the South African Agriculture 2017/18, Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries
4.DAFF-Abstract of Agricultural Statistics 2018
5.A Trade Review of the South Africa Meat Industry, Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries & National Agricultural Marketing Council https://www.namc.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/DAFF-NAMC-TradeProbe-Issue-No-70-August-2017.pdf

Update: 2019-06-17
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