Illovo has multiple agricultural estates extending over its wide geographic footprint, producing more than six million tons of sugar cane annually. The territories in which these estates are located offer both the group’s own agricultural operations and those of its outgrower partners ideal climatic and soil conditions, accompanied by irrigation from secure water sources which combine to ensure the cultivation of high yielding, quality sugar cane.
Illovo cultivates sugar cane on approximately 71 000 hectares of land and receives cane from independent outgrowers occupying a further 112 000 hectares of land. Land farmed by our own large-scale operations and by independent commercial growers is held under title deed or long-term leases while that cultivated by small-scale growers, is held under tribal tenure or government-controlled land distribution systems.
Our underlying environmental philosophy is continually to investigate means to reduce the environmental impact of our operations. Supporting Illovo’s Strategic Intent to maximise the return on every stick of cane, we are particularly mindful of the possible impacts of our operations on the use of natural resources and strive to minimise our impacts through efficient use in a responsible and sustainable way and through committing ourselves to continuous improvement. We strive to comply with all applicable in-country environmental regulations and environmental management at our operations is implemented according to the NOSA Integrated Five-Star Management System and ISO 14001. Furthermore, we have fostered a range of initiatives to preserve ecosystem integrity, protect biodiversity and enhance agricultural sustainability.