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With the district being richly endowed in natural resources, and having some of the best soils in the province, abundant water, and good rainfall, it is no surprise that agriculture sector plays a decisively dominant role in Sisonke District Municipality. In fact, its role is so dominant that the district’s economic growth rates are closely linked with that of the agricultural sector. Agriculture contributes proportionately more employment in Sisonke District Municipality in rural Kwazulu-Natal than it does to employment in South Africa as a whole. Moreover, a discrepancy between actual and potential production indicates a significant percentage of farmland has not been developed to its fullest.

The dairy industry and the forestry industry are discussed below, as they play an impor- tant role in the districts economy.