oa Agriprobe - A framework for the development of new crops industries in South Africa

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1810-9799



The grain industry (mainly maize and wheat) is the largest crop industry in South Africa under rain-fed conditions. Significant changes have taken place since deregulation in agriculture and the termination of subsidies from mid 1990s. The total area under grain has decreased by about 10% to 15% (C. Du Plessis, pers. commun. 2001) due to lower prices (based on import parity and free market forces) and the higher risk of production because of the absence of state subsidies. Consequently, grain planting has decreased significantly on low potential land as well as on high potential land in remote areas.

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