[South Africa] Census of Commercial Agriculture, 2007: Financial and Production Statistics

Cover South Africa 2007


Report 11-02-01 (2007), Pretoria, South Africa: Statistics South Africa, (2010)

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This publication updates Statistical Release P1101, Census of commercial agriculture 2007, and in many respects can be compared with Report 11-02-01, Census of commercial agriculture 2002. It provides statistics on employment, production, finance and general information with regard to active commercial farming enterprises in South Africa. The report also provides details of field crop and horticultural production, and animals and animal products produced by province. The financial information has been revised following the reclassification of some enterprises. A provincial breakdown of the financial figures published in the Statistical Release P1101, Census of commercial agriculture 2007 is also provided in this report.

The report presents the results of 39 966 commercial farms that were active during the census of commercial agriculture, which was conducted from 1 March 2006 to 28 February 2007.

The statistical unit for the collection of information is a farming enterprise. An enterprise is a legal unit (or a combination of legal units) that includes and directly controls all functions necessary to carry out its production activities. The previous census of commercial agriculture was conducted in 2002 (Report No. 11-02-01, Census of commercial agriculture 2002).


  • Number of Farming Units
  • Gross Farming Income, Other Income (Field Crops, Horticulture, Animals, Animal Products. Aquaculture, Forestry Products)
  • Expenditure, Market Value of Assets, Farming Debt
  • Number of Paid Employees, Remuneration
  • Type of Ownership
  • Current Expenditures
  • Purchases of Animals
  • Capital Expenditure
  • Capital Expenditure on Land, Buildings, and Development
  • New Assets Purchased
  • Pre-owned Assets
  • Losses Incurred
  • Market Value of Farming Assets
  • Type of Obligation (Debt, Mortgages, Loans)
  • Type of Creditors
  • Employment (Family Members, Owners in Partnership, Owners Full or Part-Time)
  • Paid Employees by Occupation and Sex
  • Employees' Remuneration
  • Field Crops: Area Planted, Volume of Production
  • Livestock Sold, Livestock Products Sold
  • Aquaculture and Other Products Sold
  • 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, Seeds, Field Crops, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Great Mealies and Sweetcorn, Beetroot, Tomatoes, Onions, Pumpkins, Carrots, Cabbage, Mushrooms, Green Beans, Vegetables, Oranges, Lemons, Naartjie, Citrus Fruit, Pineapples, Bananas, Subtropical Fruit, Apples, Pears, Peaches, Table Grapes, Wine-grapes, Water Melons, Deciduous Fruit and Viticulture, Macadamia Nuts, Pecan, Nuts, Cultivated Flowers, Wild Flowers, Pot Plants, Rooibos Tea, Herbs, Seeds and Seedlings

Livestock and Livestock Products: Dairy Cattle, Beef Cattle, Sheep (Wool), Sheep (Non-wool), Goats, Pigs, Horses, Game (Live Sales), Game (Hunting), Ostriches, Livestock, Chickens (Broilers), Chickens (Laying Hens), Poultry, Milk and Cream, Wool, Mohair, Livestock Products, Hides and Skins (Cattle, Sheep, Goats), Meat (Beef, Mutton, Chicken, Ostriches), Eggs, Ostrich Feathers, Ostrich Skins, Trout, Abalone, Fresh Water Fish, Aquaculture, Bee Hives, Honey

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