About 14 percent of the province’s land area is natural grazing land which is used in the production of beef, mutton, poultry, dairy and wool. The Mbombela district in the Lowveld is South Africa’s second-biggest producer of citrus fruit, while more than half of South Africa’s soya bean crop is produced in Mpumalanga’s Highveld areas.
The agriculture sector in Mpumalanga can be divided into two broad categories:
• SUMMER CEREALS AND LEGUMES
This consists of maize, soya, canola and sunflower that has – in the main – been cultivated in the Highveld region of the province.
• TROPICAL, SUBTROPICAL AND CITRUS FRUIT, NUTS AND CANE SUGAR
These are mainly cultivated in the Lowveld Region of the Province.
Mpumalanga is one of South Africa’s most productive and important agricultural regions and plays a key role in the export profile of South Africa, primarily in fruit and nuts.