Sugar cane is a large grass variety, which grows well in tropical and sub-tropical climates across the globe. It is harvested in the southern hemisphere between April and December when the cane is 12 to 24 months old. Illovo produces its own sugar cane and also partners with independent outgrowers who supply cane to the company’s factories. Good climatic and soil conditions in the group’s countries of operation, accompanied by irrigation from secure water sources, are ideal for the cultivation of high-yielding and good- quality sugar cane. The group produces more than six million tons of cane annually which, combined with deliveries from independent outgrowers, is used to manufacture sugar and downstream products sold in domestic, African regional, preferential and world sugar markets. The group has the milling capacity to produce more than two million tons of sugar annually.