Publishing Details

Publication Type: 
Survey Report
Statistics South Africa
Publication Year: 
Publication Place: 
Pretoria, South Africa


The purpose of the survey is to provide estimates of land use for agriculture, crop production and distribution, and livestock and poultry inventories. The information covers all provinces in South Africa.

This document presents the results of the National Agricultural Survey conducted by Statistics South Africa specifically for the National Department of Agriculture (NDA) in August 2000. Information gathered in this survey should assist the NDA in the planning and development of all components of the agricultural sector including small-scale farming. While some information is available about large farms, very little information had been collected on small and emerging farms prior to the present study. These are covered in this survey.
The purpose of the survey is to provide estimates of land use for agriculture, crop production and distribution, and livestock and poultry inventories. The information covers all provinces in South Africa.


  • Number of Farming Operations: by Type of Farming Activity and Geographical Location, by Type of Ownership
  • Gross Amount of Income, Turnover, Expenses, Debts and Profit
  • Income from Sales of Agricultural Products by Type of Farming Activity
  • Number and Total Area of Farming Operations
  • Type of Assets and Value of Assets
  • Farming Operations by Whether or Not Selected Facilities are Required, Availability of the Facilities:  Water for Irrigation, Grain, Silos, Cold Storage Facilities, Packaging Services, Warehouses, Telephone Services, Electricity, Road from Farm to Market, Transport, Input Dealers, Trading Centres, Mills, Driers
  • Number of Farming Operations Keeping Livestock, Type of Ownership
  • Livestock Born/Hatched, Bought, Animal Utilisation
  • Gross Income from Animal Sales
  • Number of Farming Operations with Selected Crops, Type of Ownership
  • Crops: Quantity Harvested
  • Crops: Quantity Harvested by Utilisation: Sale, Home Consumption, Seed, Feed, Payment of Share Rent, Reward for Farm Labourers
  • Farming Income from Sales of Crops
  • Fruit Crops, Vegetable Crops: Number of Farming Operations, Type of Ownership, Quantity Harvested, Utilisation
  • Farming Operations Producing Selected Products (  Flour, Maize Meal, Processed Animal Feed, Jams and Jellies, Juices, Dried Fruits, Canned Fruits, Canned Vegetables, Meat, Eggs, Milk, Butter, Cheese, Honey, Wool, Mohair, Hides and Skins): Number of Farming Operations, Type of Ownership, Quantity, Utilisation
  • Production and Operating Expenses
  • Other Farm-related Income
  • Number of Farming Operations which obtained Credit or Repaid Loans: by Source of Loans/Credit, Usage
  • Total Debts and Type of Credit or Loan

Crops: Maize, Grain Sorghum, Wheat, Dried Beans, Soya Beans, Groundnuts, Sugarcane, Sunflower Seed, Cotton, Lucerne and/or Other Hay, Tobacco, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Amadumbe, Beetroot, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Flowers, Green Beans, Herbs, Lettuce, Onions, Morogo, Pumpkins and Squashes, Sisal, Spinach, Tomatoes, Tress for Timber or Charcoal, Turnips, Apples, Avocados, Bananas, Grapes, Guavas, Litchis, Mangoes, Oranges and Other Citrus Fruit, Pawpaws, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Strawberries and Other Berries, Tree Nuts, Watermelons and Other Melons

Livestock: Angora Goats, Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Donkeys, Game, Horses, Ostriches, Other Goats, Pigs, Poultry (Ducks, Turkeys, Fowls), Sheep

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


(2002) "[South Africa] Report on the Survey of Large and Small Scale Agriculture 2000," Statistics South Africa.

Additional Attributes

Geographic Coverage: South Africa, Southern Africa
Keywords: Africa, Agricultural Census, Agricultural Production, Agricultural Statistics, Crop Production, Data Rescue, Farm Finance, Farms, Fruit Production, Household Surveys, Livestock Production, Production Costs, South Africa, Southern Africa, Surveys, Vegetable Production