Business - Global Farming
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.

Opportunities in African countries

Exciting opportunities for South Africans are opening up in neighbouring countries.
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To plant or not to plant?

There are many factors that farmers need to take into account when deciding whether or not to plant maize this season.
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Food inflation - who is to blame?

Consumers invariably blame farmers when food prices rise. The reality is very different.
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Safex – ignore at your peril!

In the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 maize marketing years, maize farmers suffered large losses by ignoring the Safex futures market. What about 2014/2015?
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Agriculture’s true role

Farmers can play a key role in achieving the goals of the National Development Plan, but only with government support.
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Land reform proposal - a clear and present danger

The 50% land to farm worker proposal is impractical and has dangerous ramifications.
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The world food situation

Supply and demand remain in tight balance and highly volatile. However, international prices will probably remain near to current levels.
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Climate change can work for you

The spectre of global warming provides interesting opportunities for farmers to boost profits.
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Time to set the record straight

Large-scale commercial farming is as environmentally friendly and socially responsible as any other type of farming. It is our duty to explain this to the consumer.
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Solving food insecurity

A nation can only be fed by supporting commercial agriculture and growing the economy.
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In a positive way, through inspirational articles. (16.13 %) Agriculture? I hardly ever read anything about it. (22.58 %) Articles only focus on farm murders, farmers leaving the country, or strikes. (61.29 %) Articles only focus on farm murders, farmers leaving the country, or strikes. (61.29 %) In a positive way, through inspirational articles. (16.13 %) Agriculture? I hardly ever read anything about it. (22.58 %) Articles only focus on farm murders, farmers leaving the country, or strikes. (61.29 %)
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