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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.

Living in a world of debt

Greece’s ongoing financial crisis highlights the danger countries face if government expenditure continues to increase at a faster rate than income.
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Difficult times lie ahead

The South African economy is slowing down, while in Europe a Greek tragedy is unfolding. Farmers will not escape the effect of current economic trends.
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Why the rand is on the rack

Further weakening of the rand is expected. This is a double-edged sword for farmers. But, as always, those able to produce quality products will survive.
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South Africa deserves better

The 2015/2016 department of agriculture’s budget is 4,6% smaller than that of the previous year. Both commercial and non-commercial farmers will suffer.
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In search of profitable and efficient farmers

A recent UK study has found that more efficient and profitable farmers tend to have certain properties in common.
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To BEE or not to BEE

Farmers need to carefully consider how they address black economic empowerment strategies.
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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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