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Industry

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries contributed 7.7% of Swaziland’s GDP in 2010 and around 71.0% of land is given over to agricultural use. Small-scale farming is common and for such producers the main crop is maize and the most important livestock is cattle. The majority of the rest of the sector comprises large estates – extensive areas of which are irrigated – engaged mainly in the production of sugar cane, tobacco, citrus fruit, pineapples, cotton and cattle, or in forestry. Major exports are sugar, cotton yarn and citrus fruits; processed exports such as canned fruit and soft drinks concentrates also play an important role in the industry. The principal consumers of Swaziland’s agricultural exports are South Africa, the EU, Mozambique and the US. The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is responsible for agriculture at a federal level. The National Maize Corporation (NMC), established in 1985 is the representative body for maize farmers in the country and monitors purchase, storage and marketing of the crop. Another important body is the Swaziland Dairy Board (SDB), which offers advice on all aspects of dairy farming and promotes development in the sector.

Agriculture organisations in Swaziland
Lwati Training Institute
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
Swaziland Dairy Board
Swaziland Environment Authority
TWK Landmark