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 2015/2016    
    In die afgelope twee dekades het die aartappelbedryf wesenlike strukturele veranderinge ondergaan. Die duidelikste tekens van veranderinge kan gesien word in die aantal kommersiële aartappelprodusente. Net voor die draai van die eeu was daar nog bykans 2000 kommersiële produsente wat tans tot minder as 600 gedaal het. Dit is bykans reg oor die wêreld die geval. Die ekonomie van skaal raak al hoe belangriker in aartappelproduksie veral gesien uit ’n produksiekoste oogpunt. Aangesien die insetkoste om te belê in die aartappelbedryf in terme van die kapitaaluitleg, ten opsigte van ’n pakstoor, sorteermasjinerie en aartappel verbouing toerusting etlike miljoene rand kan beloop, word aartappelprodusente genoop om groter volumes aartappels te bemark om die aanvanklike belegging te regverdig. Lees meer
    In the past two decades, the potato industry underwent significant structural changes. The clearest indicators of change can be seen in the number of commercial potato producers. Just before the turn of the century there were nearly 2000 commercial producers. This number shrunk to less than 600. This occurrence is similar almost all over the world. Economies of scale is becoming increasingly important in potato production, especially seen from a production cost point of view. Since the costs to invest in the potato industry in terms of capital outlay, such as a packhouse, sorting machines and other potato production equipment amounts to several million Rands, potato producers are forced to sell larger volumes of potatoes to justify the initial investment costs. Read more
     
 2104/2015    
    Potatoes is a serious role player in the South African economy in terms of its contribution to the gross domestic product. Taking the combined value of the field crop and horticultural sectors, potatoes is the fifth biggest agricultural sub-sector, and this when merely between 50 000 and 54 000 hectares are used for potato production (less than 1% of the available agricultural land). The primary industry is valued at R7 billion and the secondary industry at nearly R20 billion.    
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 2013/2013    
Potatoes remain firmly at the forefront as the most prominent fresh vegetable currently being cultivated and consumed in South Africa. According to the available figures, potatoes contribute R4.06 billion (3%) to the gross value of agriculture in general, currently standing at R128.21 billion. However, in terms of the sub-sector in which potatoes primarily compete, namely fresh produce, potatoes’ share stands at 53% of the total value of R7.63 billion.
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