|Mills||North Coast – Darnall, Gledhow, Maidstone|
|Zululand – Umfolozi, Felixton, Amatikulu|
|Cutting cycle||12 - 24 months|
|Rainfall||700mm – 1000mm per annum.|
|Benefits||Flexibility to increase growing cycles|
|Latest varieties readily available|
|Varying climate conditions|
As the birthplace of the South African sugarcane industry, the North Coast and Zululand have seen significant milestones of both value and challenge.
The first cane, mill and even current research institute buildings are just a few significant industry breakthroughs to which the North Coast played host (certain sections now form part of the greater eThekwini area).
It is clear that good management and an ability to adapt remain key to the future of cane growing in this historically significant region.