South Africa Seed Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The report covers Seed Companies in South Africa and the market is Segmented by the Types of Seeds (Conventional Seeds, Hybrid Seeds, and GM Seeds) and Crop Type (Grain and Cereal, Pulse, Vegetable, Oilseed, and Other Crop Types)

South Africa Seeds Market Size

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Study Period 2018 - 2028
Base Year For Estimation 2022
Forecast Data Period 2023 - 2028
Historical Data Period 2018 - 2021
CAGR 5.20 %
Market Concentration Medium

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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South Africa Seeds Market Analysis

The seed market in South Africa is estimated to register a CAGR of 5.2%. Maize is the country's most important crop, followed by wheat. Cereal consumption in South Africa was valued at USD 5,563.4 million in 2018, and it is estimated to reach USD 6,060.1 million during the forcast period. This increasing consumption, along with the increasing population, is necessiating the increase in productivity. The seed industry in South Africa is quite mature and serves the commercial farmers with over 100 seed companies who are a part of SANSOR, which regulates seed certification in South Africa. Increasing export from the country is another factor that is driving the growth of the seed market.

South Africa Seeds Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the South Africa Seed Market according to our research experts:

Demand for Quality Seeds

The increase in the population level of the country has fueled the demand for higher productivity. Maize is the staple food in the country, consumed in its direct form. The cereal consumption in South Africa was valued at USD 5563.4 million in 2018 and is estimated to reach USD 6060.1 million by registering a CAGR of 3.3% during the forecast period. With the growing population and shrinking plots of cultivable land, the demand for quality seeds is increasing. COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) reports that just 23% of the smallholders have access to certified seeds, which indicates huge scope for the quality seeds.

Pakistan Seed Market : Arable Land in million ha, 2015-2018

Government Initiative for Hybrid and Certified Seeds

The seed industry in South Africa is quite mature and serves commercial farmers with over 100 seed companies being a part of SANSOR. The Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries department of South Africa planned in 2016 to increase financial support to emerging producers by USD 28.4 million over the medium term, which will be accessed through the Land and Agricultural Development Bank of South Africa. SANSOR certifies the seed of high and known quality according to the rules of the SA Seed Certification Scheme. It certifies on average 3,000 seed lots per annum. According to ISF the South Africa seeds export valued USD 120 million in 2017 against USD 110 million in 2016, which indicates the growing seed market.

Pakistan Seed Market, Seed Sales Share in %, by Vegetable, 2019

South Africa Seeds Industry Overview

The South Africa seed sector is slightly fragmented. Companies are highly focused on the introduction of new varieties of seeds. Some of the other startegies followed are mergers and acquisitions, expansion and reasearch to outstand the competition. Some of the leading companies are Monsanto South Africa, Capstone Seeds, Cortrva Agriscience, Syngenta Seed S.A. (Pty.) Ltd, Rijk Zwaan, Sakata Seed Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd.

South Africa Seeds Market Leaders

  1. Monsanto South Africa

  2. Corteva agriscience

  3. Capstone seeds

  4. Syngenta Seed S.A. (Pvt.) Ltd.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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South Africa Seeds Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces 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


    1. 5.1 Crop Type

      1. 5.1.1 Grain and Cereal

      2. 5.1.2 Pulse

      3. 5.1.3 Vegetables

      4. 5.1.4 Oilseed

    2. 5.2 Types of Seeds

      1. 5.2.1 Conventional Seeds

      2. 5.2.2 Hybrid Seeds

      3. 5.2.3 GM Seeds


    1. 6.1 Most Adopted Strategies

    2. 6.2 Market Share Analysis

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Bayer AG

      2. 6.3.2 Syngenta Seed SA (Pty) Ltd

      3. 6.3.3 Corteva Agriscience

      4. 6.3.4 Capstone Seed

      5. 6.3.5 Rijk Zwaan

      6. 6.3.6 Seed Co Limited

      7. 6.3.7 Sakata Seed Southern Africa (Pty) Lt

      8. 6.3.8 Pannar Seed (PTY) Ltd

      9. 6.3.9 Limagrain


South Africa Seeds Industry Segmentation

The report gives an insight into the South Africa seed market segmentation by types of Seeds used into conventional Seed, Hybrid Seed and GM Seeds and by crop type into grain and cereal, pulse, vegetable, and oilseed. Along with competitive analysis, which will include the profiles of major players (company overview, product portfolio, key developments, such as merger and acquisition, product innovation, and R&D) operating in the market, the report includes an analysis of the growth, trends, and forecasts (2020 - 2025).

Crop Type
Grain and Cereal
Types of Seeds
Conventional Seeds
Hybrid Seeds
GM Seeds

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South Africa Seeds Market Research FAQs

The South Africa Seed Market is projected to register a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period (2023-2028).

Monsanto South Africa, Corteva agriscience, Capstone seeds and Syngenta Seed S.A. (Pvt.) Ltd. are the major companies operating in the South Africa Seed Market.

South Africa Seeds Industry Report

Statistics for the 2023 South Africa Seeds market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. South Africa Seeds analysis includes a market forecast outlook to 2028 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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