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Dr Koos Coetzee Dr Koos Coetzee

Dr Koos Coetzee is an agricultural economist with many years’ experience with South African agriculture. In these articles he comments on global and local economic and other trends that affect South African farmers.

Strict price control needed

Higher input prices are on the cards. Farmers who in many cases also face lower crop yield will have to manage costs diligently to survive a difficult year.
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Managing good and bad years

To survive the tough times, avoid wastage during times of plenty – and spread your risk.
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Land ceilings could endanger food security

It hasn’t worked elsewhere, and if government goes ahead with land ceilings here, our food security will be seriously endangered.
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Agricultural outlook

The SA consumer’s situation has improved slightly and the agricultural outlook remains positive, even though farmers face some serious challenges.
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Better days ahead for SA agriculture

In spite of serious problems facing the SA economy, agriculture can look forward to a good year in 2015.
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A serious system failure

Consumers buy the bulk of their food from supermarkets belonging to one of the four major retail chain stores – and these stores control prices. How, then, can we speak of a ‘free market’?
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The seven deadly sins

By avoiding these basic errors, new farmers can increase their chances of success.
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Meat producers take note

Lower grain and higher meat prices imply improved profitability for livestock producers globally. With some provisos, this is also true for South Africa.
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Global growth decline for SA

Global growth will accelerate in 2015, but the South African outlook remains subdued.
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A lesson in labournomics

Employment growth in agriculture is only possible if government starts working with the farming sector to limit unfair competition and re-affirm property rights.
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