Agro-Processing

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Generally, agro or agri-processing outputs are intermediate products to which further value is added, or consumer goods that are marketed through wholesaler and retailers. There is enormous potential for this sector in Nelson Mandela Bay as it is the major seaport and industrial hub of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Because this province contains all seven of South Africa’s diverse natural biomes, practically every kind of crop or animal can be grown or raised in the local region.

As a result, the Eastern Cape raises more livestock than any other province and produces a quarter of the nation’s milk. Outside of Nelson Mandela Bay’s urban boundaries, the region’s agricultural sector produces a diverse mix of goods: deciduous fruit (Langkloof valley), citrus fruit (Patensie and Sundays River Valley) and chicory (Alexandria).

Historically speaking, wool and ostrich feathers were the Nelson Mandela Bay region’s first exports and the Bay remains a global leader in the distribution of wool and mohair (the luxury fibre taken from Angora goats). In addition to wool and mohair, dairy, fruit, poultry, and leather are the other major agro-processing industries located in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Nelson Mandela Bay also has a well-established beverage and bottling industry with Coca-Cola Beverages Africa unveiling their new high-tech African headquarters in Nelson Mandela Bay last year (2018) and South African Breweries launching a new 500 000 hectolitre production line at its Ibhayi Brewery in November 2018.

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