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Other Crops

The relative importance of the other crops grown in South Africa may be gauged from the following table. These crops may be considered in five categories: tobacco; fibre crops; potatoes, vegetables and flowers; groundnuts and other oil-bearing plants; and grasses, hay and fodder crops and rotation legumes.


Table 4. Union South Africa. Acreage and Production of Other Crops 1953-4
Area Planted or
Sown

(thousand morgen)
Area Reaped
(thousand morgen)
Production
(million lb.)
Turkish Tobacco0·7
Other Tobacco25·9
Cotton21·124·4
Potatoes54·553·4496·3
Onions4·74·673·7
Other Vegetables★47·0
Chicory★8·5
Groundnuts231·5225·2348·0
Sunflower115·3110·289·9
Field Beans102·596·379·4
Field Peas5·65·19·0
Cowpeas65·612·98·1
Lucerne201·31,191·1 (hay)
Teff★145·7571·1 (hay)
Other Cultivated Grasses65·4
1949-50 Census.

Tobacco

Tobacco was one of the crops grown by the first Dutch settlers in the south- western Cape. Later its cultivation spread to other parts of South Africa, notably the Oudtshoorn, Magaliesberg, and Piet Retief districts. Until the present century most growers used all their leaf for the manufacture, on the farm, of roll tobacco by a simple process of fermentation. This so-called 'Boer' tobacco was

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