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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.

Sluggish global growth depresses prices

The outlook for economic growth in 2016 and 2017 remains subdued.
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Time to move up the value chain

Farmers receive a minor part of the consumer rand. So it makes sense to shorten the distance from farm to fork.
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Biotechnology to the rescue

Farmers will not be able to feed the world’s growing population unless they are allowed to use biotechnology.
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Feeling the effects of drought

SA agriculture is currently facing the country’s worst drought since 1904. The entire economy, not just farmers, will feel the effects.
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Beef futures contract explained

The Red Meat Producers’ Organisation should be commended for developing and implementing a beef futures market. Let’s hope it gets off the ground.
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Slowdown in economic growth

Farmers are advised to spend money cautiously until the SA economy shows some direction.
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Tough times lie ahead

This is especially true if government persists in being its own worst enemy.
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Rand in freefall

It’s not all bad news. The weak currency is a mixed blessing for South Africa’s farmers.
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Managing a difficult year

With good planning and careful management, farmers will be able to survive the difficult times.
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To AGOA or not to AGOA?

South Africa’s tensions around access to AGOA graphically illustrate the power of major trading countries such as the US.
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