South Africa's agricultural sector is by far the most sophisticated and advanced on the African continent. The sector continues to play a vitally important role in the South African economy, despite the marginal contribution to GDP. It is an essential component of the national economy, with strong ties to other economic sectors.
South Africa is currently the world's leading producer of avocados, clementines and ostrich products. However, the country's position as a significant exporter is being challenged due to farming subsidies available in the European Union and the United States, which are South Africa's major export destinations.