[South Africa] Census of Commercial Agriculture, 2002: Financial and Production Statistics

Cover South Africa 2002


Report 11-02-01 (2002), Pretoria, South Africa: Statistics South Africa, Department of Agriculture, (2005)

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This report contains the detailed results of the 2002 Census of Commercial Agriculture, undertaken in the Republic of South Africa. The census covered commercial farming units in the entire country, including the former TBVC states (i.e. Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda and Ciskei) and so-called ‘selfgoverning territories’, which were not included in the last census of 1993. The following sectors were not included: forestry (e.g. timber, wattle, wood and other plantations), ocean fishing and agricultural services. Further details of the scope and methodology can be found at the end of the report.

The results of this census are used primarily by the National Department of Agriculture for planning purposes and by Statistics South Africa for purposes of compiling South Africa’s National Accounts, e.g. the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), fixed capital formation, supply and use tables and changes in inventories. The results are also extensively used by the private sector.

This volume contains two sets of tables. Part 1 contains detailed information regarding the financial performance of all the farmers included in the census. Part 2 contains detailed information regarding area and production among only those farmers who responded. The tables are preceded by the key findings of the census. All results are presented at provincial level.


  • Number of Farming Units
  • Gross Farming Income, Other Income (Field Crops, Horticulture, Animals, Animal Products)
  • Number of Paid Workers, Total Salaries and Wages
  • Expenditures
  • Value of Assets and Farming Debt
  • Interest Paid and Type of Creditors
  • Type of Ownership
  • Owners Who Farm Themselves and Unpaid Family Members Involved in Farming Operations
  • Paid Employees According to Occupation
  • Employee Remuneration
  • Current Expenditures
  • Losses During the Financial Year
  • New Buildings Erected and Development Work Done
  • New Equipment Purchased
  • Pre-owned Equipment Purchased
  • Market Value of Farming Assets
  • Type of Obligation
  • Type of Creditors
  • Field Crops: Area Planted, Volume of Production
  • Livestock Sold, Livestock Products Sold
  • Poutry, Ostriches and Poultry and Ostrich Products Sold
  • Aquaculture and Other Products Sold (Honey, Forestry Products)
  • Livestock on Farm

Crops: Maize for Grain, Grain Sorghum, Summer Cereals, Wheat, Barley, Winter Cereals, Sunflower Seed, Soya Beans, Ground Nuts, Oil-seeds, Dry Beans, Legumes, Maize for Silage, Lucerne, Teff, Fodder Crops, Sugar Cane, Cotton, Tobacco,  Potatoes, Great Mealies and Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, Onions, Pumpkins, Carrots, Cabbage and Red Cabbage, Green Beans, Asparagus, Vegetables, Oranges, Lemons, Grapefruit, Naartjies, Citrus Fruit, Pineapples, Bananas, Avocados, Mangos, Guavas, Litchies, Pawpaws, Subtropical Fruit, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Apricot, Plums/Prunes, Table Grapes, Wine Grapes, Deciduous Fruit and Viticulture, Nuts, Flowers, Tea, Forestry Products, Beetroot, Sweeet Potatoes, Cauliflower, Macadamia Nuts, Pecan, Rooibos

Livestock and Livestock Products: Dairy Cattle, Beef Cattle, Angora Goats, Boer Goats, Pigs,  Milk and Cream, Wool, Mohair, Livestock Products, Hides and Skins, Poultry, Chickens, Ostriches, Eggs, Ostrich Skins, Ostrich Feathers, Game Farming, Honey, Aquaculture

Regions: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape, Western Cape, South Africa