“The link to business growth”

Agriculture and agro-processing.



Limpopo is one of South Africa's richest agricultural areas. Abundant orchards of subtropical fruit and nuts form the basis of a thriving agri-industrial sector. Extensive tea and coffee estates are found in the Lowveld. Other notable cash crops include vegetables, cotton and tobacco. Agriculture has also stimulated the ancillary development of a growing range of processed products, such as fruit juice and concentrates.
Considerable investment opportunities exist in the areas of processing and packaging of fruits, vegetables and nuts, as well as opportunities for red and white meat, chicken eggs and furniture. There is also potential for additional production of sunflowers, soya beans and maize under dry-land conditions. Soya beans represent a particularly profitable investment opportunity with substantial quantities currently being imported.
Pre-feasibility studies indicate that peach and almond production is viable, and research into the viability of cassava and bamboo production has also been conducted.

The Limpopo Provincial Government is facilitating development of new types of farming and further value-added processing of products as diverse as dried tomatoes, essential oils, catfish, goat farming, potato mash and canning, meat processing and wood processing (furniture).

Contribution to South Africa`s GDP

More than 45% of the R2-billion annual turnover of the Johannesburg Fresh produce comes from Limpopo. The agricultural sector contribute 7, 5% to the GDP of Limpopo province in 2007. The agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors contributed 3,1% to the provincial GDP in 2007.

The province is also one of the largest producers in South Africa in terms of production of guavas, bananas, papayas.

Agricultural Opportunities in Limpopo

• Macadamia production & processing
• Dried tomatoes processing
• Tomato puree & paste
• Potato canning and mash
• Frozen French fries
• Marula processing
• Avocado processing
• Fruit juices
• Essential oils
• Meat processing
• Wood processing
• Fresh produce market






Water is wealth to this sub-continent when you consider that only 4% of Sub-Saharan Africa is irrigated.  The allocation of new water rights to previously disadvantaged farmers and changes in national water policy have made growth in the primary agricultural and agri-processing sectors feasible. 
A number of dysfunctional state-owned irrigation schemes could be rehabilitated to create opportunities for private sector investment in partnership with local communities.  The proposed development of the Rooipoort Dam on the Olifants River could open doors for agriculture under irrigation. 
An amount of $662 000 would be required for pre-investment activities which could generate $48.6 million in investment and 7 000 job opportunities. 
The region includes the renowned, state-owned Zebediela citrus estate which is ripe for expanded production and in which local communities could be given a stake. 
Other opportunities identified in the region include greenhouse production of cut flowers and baby vegetables, almond, peach, citrus and table grape cultivation, livestock production and pork weaning.

Major investors

• ZZ2- Tomato producers
• Sapikoe tea plantation- Tea manufacturer
• Tshivhase AgriDam (PTY) Ltd- produces banana for local fresh produce markets and other local buyers
• Winkale Trading 9 (PTY) Ltd- The producer of dried mangoes for export
• A.M Alberts (Pty) Ltd trading as Progress Milling- A maize milling company
• Willard’s ( potato crisp)
• Mc Cain (frozen vegetables)
• Giant foods (canned vegetables)
• Golden harvest ( frozen vegetables)
• Miami Canners (canned vegetables)

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