South Africa Forage Seed Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

South Africa Forage Seed Market is Segmented by Crop (Cereals, Legumes, and Grasses), by Product (Fresh Forage, Stored Forage) . The cereals are further segmented into Forage Corn, Forage Sorghum, and Other Cereals, legumes to Alfalfa and other legumes, Stored Forage to Hay and Silage.

Market Snapshot

South Africa Forage Seed Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 6.5 %
South Africa Forage Seed Market Major Players

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Market Overview

South Africa forage seed market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.5 % during the forecast period (2020 - 2025). According to the South African National Seed Organization (Sansor), sales of forage seed in South Africa is valued at USD 30,294.2 thousand in 2018. Forage Crops such as Ryegrass and Fodder maize are majorly cultivated in South Africa which is further boosting the market for the commercial seeds. The major factors driving the market are an increase in the cultivation of forage crops and an increase in the production of ruminants. However, due to the less production of forage seeds, South Africa depends on the imports. The economic benefits of cultivating forage seeds, such as crop rotation and risk diversification will further help the forage seed market to grow in the country.

Scope of the report

Forage seed is a plant material that is eaten by grazing livestock. They are also used to cultivate forage in pastures on which animals graze independently or that is cut and fed to them. ​The report presents an in-depth analysis of the market share, size, and trends of South Africa forage seed market. The factors affecting the market, either positively or negatively, and the competitiveness among major players in South Africa are also included in the report.

By Crop
Forage Corn
Forage Sorghum
Other Cereals
Other Legumes
By Product
Fresh Forage
Stored Forage

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Key Market Trends

Increase in Forage Seed Imports

The high demand for forage seeds in the country is mainly satiated through the imports as the domestic production within the country is less. The crops such as Babala, Blue buffalo grass, Clover, Kikyo, and Lucerne are some of the major imported forage seeds. According to the ITC Trade Map, the country has imported 1.3 million tonnes of forage seeds in the year 2019 and the country has imported 185,432 kilograms of hybrid fodder sorghum seeds in the year 2018. According to the South African National Seed Organization (SANSOR), the majorly imported forage seed varieties include Cowpea, Oats, sun hemp, and Alfalfa.  An increase in the demand from livestock for nutritional feed is majorly satiated through the natural forage whose seeds are available at a minimal price when compared to other commercial feeds. This has further boosted the demand for forage seeds in the country.

South Africa Forage Seed Market Key Trends

Grass Seeds Dominates the Market

Owing to the increasing growth of ruminants, the cultivation of forage crops in the country are enhancing, thereby increasing the demand for forage seeds. Grass crops such as Rye, Blue buffalo, Bottlebrush, Rhodes, Panicum, Weeping love, and Smut fingers are majorly cultivated in the country. As per ITC Trade Map, the import of ryegrass in  South Africa is around USD 6,820 thousand in the year 2019. The companies are majorly focusing more on the production of open-pollinated seeds that drives the market in the country. The increasing trend of cultivating the grass for animals in the country is expected to enhance the seed market.

South Africa Forage Seed Market Growth Rate

Competitive Landscape

South Africa forage seed market is slightly fragmented with many players dominating the market. The major players operating in South Africa are indulged in investment in R&D for innovative products, partnerships. They do opt for a market strategy in terms of pricing of products in order to sustain in the competitive market. In October 2018, Brettyoung has introduced an Alpha platform, which enhances the demand of alfalfa varieties by showcasing the top varieties which are top performers in the dormancy category defined by the dry matter yield, disease resistance, and digestibility.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porters five Force Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    5. 4.5 PESTLE Analysis


    1. 5.1 By Crop

      1. 5.1.1 Cereals

        1. Forage Corn

        2. Forage Sorghum

        3. Other Cereals

      2. 5.1.2 Legumes

        1. Alfalfa

        2. Other Legumes

      3. 5.1.3 Grasses

    2. 5.2 By Product

      1. 5.2.1 Fresh Forage

      2. 5.2.2 Stored Forage


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Agricol

      2. 6.3.2 Allied Seed

      3. 6.3.3 Barenbrug Holding BV

      4. 6.3.4 Brett-Young Seeds Limited

      5. 6.3.5 Dairyland Seeds

      6. 6.3.6 DLF International Seeds

      7. 6.3.7 Dynamic Seeds

      8. 6.3.8 Foster’s Seed and Feed

      9. 6.3.9 Golden Acre Seeds

      10. 6.3.10 Northstar Seed Ltd.


  8. 8. IMPACT OF COVID-19

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Frequently Asked Questions

The South Africa Forage Seed Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The South Africa Forage Seed Market is growing at a CAGR of 6.5% over the next 5 years.

Brettyoung, Agricol, Dairyland Seeds, DLF International Seeds, Barenbrug are the major companies operating in South Africa Forage Seed Market.

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