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Limpopo's agricultural produce forms a huge portion of the national export. According to the Limpopo Business 2012 publication, the Vhembe District in the far north and the Letaba Valley in the eastern Mopani District are major contributors to the Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market, with Limpopo growers as a group contributing about 45% of the produce sold at Africa's biggest market. The produce is distributed nationally, predominantly by road and internationally through the Ports of Cape Town, Durban and Maputo. The province produces about 75% of South Africa's mangoes, 65% of its papayas, 36% of its tea, 25% of its citrus, bananas, and litchis, 60% of its avocados, 60% of its tomatoes, 285 000 tons of potatoes, and 35% of its oranges. In 2011, Transnet indicated that the rail would play an much bigger role in transporting of the agricultural products.

According to the Limpopo Growth Development Strategy, The objectives of the Limpopo province with regards to agricultural development are tripling the size of agriculture by 2015, increasing the value of agriculture through enterprise diversification, investing in water saving technologies and adding value within the agro-value chain.

Some of the farming activities in Limpopo are:

  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Maize
  • Wheat
  • Pumpkins
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Ground nuts
  • Mangoes
  • Avocadoes
  • Oranges
  • Litchis
  • Bananas
  • Tea
  • Tobacco
  • Cattle
  • Sheep
  • Game
  • Chickens
  • Pigs
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The agricultural industry uses the road, rail, and air transport mode to transport the products to their destinations, the road being the most utilized mode, followed by rail.