Agri-business: Driving Economic Development Through Value-add Processing
Agriculture and agribusiness is one of the most important sectors in the Western Cape, and involves all the different activities that link the entire value chain from the farm/forest/fishery to the consumer. This includes inputs, production, processing, marketing and distribution of agricultural, forestry and fishing products.
The combined contribution of agriculture to the gross regional domestic product (GRDP) of the Western Cape is just under 5%, but these sectors are very important to the provincial economy and its export profile. The winter rainfall of the Boland and the year-round rainfall of the Southern Cape provides agricultural conditions that make the crop mix and production potential unique. As many as 11 commodities contribute significantly to agricultural production, with fruit, poultry/eggs, winter grains, viticulture and vegetables together comprising more than 75% of total output.
The Western Cape and Cape Town has excellent transport and cold chain infrastructure – including road, rail, harbour, airport and processing facilities. The province also has a strong labour sector, including two universities that offer advanced programmes in cereal science, fruit technology, plant biotechnology and viticulture.