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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.

BFAP’s predictions: an overview

The recent BFAP Agricultural Baseline presentation once again provided the agriculture sector with a body of highly useful information.
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We can feed Southern Africa…

…but government needs to create an enabling environment for South Africa’s commercial farmers.
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Why our farmers should look northwards

Remarkable opportunities have opened up for South African farmers and agribusinesses in the steadily growing sub-Saharan markets.
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Brexit – should we be worried?

As more than one local economist has noted, Britain’s exit from the EU is unlikely to have a major impact on SA agriculture, good or bad.
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Too many new equipment and not enough profit?

Beware of the technology trap! New equipment may help, but not if you’re overspending on it to the detriment of other more affordable methods of boosting profits.
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What does the fluctuating rand mean to farmers?

This is all that some of us are likely to be left with as the rand continues to devalue.
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Six signs of being a stressed farmer

Farmers live and work under highly stressful conditions and need to safeguard their most precious resource – themselves.
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Trophy breeding: 5 warning signs to look out for

Farmers are frequently invited to spend money on high-return investments. Here are the warning signs that you might be getting into trouble.
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Why we need to follow India’s example

India’s agriculture has achieved fast growth thanks to a combination of research and development, and forward-thinking policies.
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Sluggish global growth depresses prices

The outlook for economic growth in 2016 and 2017 remains subdued.
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Do you think there are equal opportunities for women & men in the South African agri sector?
No, a lot still needs to change
Yes, much progress has been made to empower women in agriculture
The playing field is slowly levelling out
Last week's poll
Have you received any aid or assistance for drought relief?
Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34%)
I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78%)
No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34%)
I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54%)
I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78 %) Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34 %) I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54 %) No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34 %) I received some assistance, but not enough. (44.78 %) Yes, it has been a saving grace. (1.34 %) I have not been affected by the drought. (2.54 %) No, I don’t know how or where to apply. (51.34 %)
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