Table of Contents

1. Overview

Commercial grain silo owners provide storage facilities (grain silos) for the safe and hygienic care of grains and oilseeds for the owners thereof. The facilities have to adhere to the regulations and requirements of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Department of Health regarding food safety.

A total storage capacity of about 17 million tons is available throughout the production areas in South Africa for the handling and storage of summer grains (white maize, yellow maize and sorghum), winter cereals (wheat, barley, oats and rye) and oilseeds (sunflower seed, soy beans and canola).

Commercial grain silos offer services like the following:

  • Grading at intake and out loading
  • Drying
  • Cleaning
  • Weighing

Find the full list of services at A map of Agbiz Grain members’ permanent grain storage structures (in interactive electronic format on the Google Earth platform) is also available on the same website.

Source: Agbiz Grain 



2. International business environment

  • Visit the website of Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS),
  • The International Production Assessment Division (IPAD) of the USDA-FAS provides global crop condition assessments and estimates of area, yield, and production for grains, oilseeds, and cotton - 
  • Find the notes on grain storage and sampling at (under “Crop management”)
  • A joint Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)-World Bank report, entitled Missing Food: The Case of Postharvest Grain Losses in Sub-Saharan Africa, estimated the value of grain losses in sub-Saharan Africa at around $4-billion a year. The report called for investing in post-harvest technologies to reduce the losses and boost the continent’s food security. Find this and other information at