South Africa: Dry Bean Industry

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South Africa’s production and imports of dry beans have been declining over the past decade in correlation with a decrease in consumption. Dry bean imports declined by more than 50 percent since 2010 with South Africa’s dry bean consumption stabilizing at around 60,000 tons per year. Dry bean production is relatively small and averaged around 65,000 tons over the past five years. However, for the 2021 marketing year (MY) it is estimated that South Africa will realize a dry bean crop of 56,577 tons down 13 percent from the previous marketing year. As a result, dry bean imports for the 2021 MY are expected to increase by six percent to 32,000 tons, while dry bean exports are expected to decrease by 20 percent to 29,000 tons. Dry beans will continue to be a small but important niche market in South Africa with many nutritional benefits.

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