When it comes to the Ostrich Industry, there is no doubt that
South Africa are the world leaders.
By value, South Africaís ostrich production is one of the top
twenty agro-based industries in the country and it ranks high
The total investment in ostrich activities (production and
processing, excluding value adding manufacturing and businesses,
and tourism) exceeds R2,1 billion. Linkages with a whole set of
related input and supporting industries have become stimulating
Export income amounts to R1,2 billion annually with 90% of both
leather and meat products being exported.
Traditional handicraft from ostrich products are presently being
twined with First World designs, reaching new heights of
Due to its historic advantage and excellent natural conditions,
the South African ostrich industry should be able to maintain
its position of world leadership, if certain conditions are
met. In this regard fruitful interaction with government, both
national and provincial, is a prerequisite.
Ostrich meat, presently extremely popular in Europe, due to its health
characteristics (low in cholesterol, lowest fat contents of any
meat, etc) is produced under the most stringent health standards.
For this the industry works closely with government support systems.
Ostrich leather is one of the most beautiful, supple and durable
of all exotic leathers. The industry is continuously concerned with