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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.

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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Global growth slowing down

Economic conditions and prospects have deteriorated since July 2015.
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Profit from sustainable farming

The focus on the environmental aspects of sustainable farming means that less attention has been given to the other benefits.
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The future of food

In order to feed nine billion people by 2050, we shall require the application of modern production technology by large-scale commercial farmers.
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You are your best resource

Farmers are often so busy running their enterprises that they forget to look after their own well-being.
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Don’t mess with property rights

The Economic Freedom of the World Index clearly shows the effect of a freer economy, where property rights are properly protected.
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How sustainable is sustainability?

Retailers use the concept of ‘sustainability’ to differentiate their products. In doing so, they add to the cost of food to the consumer.
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The BFAP’s agri outlook

The BFAP has presented a less optimistic outlook for South African agriculture this year.
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This week's competition
This week's poll
What are you hoping to hear from President Jacob Zuma in the #SONA2016?
The drought will be declared a national disaster.
Tougher measures to be put in place for the alleviation of crime, especially rural crime.
An action plan for creating a million jobs in the agriculture sector.
I don’t waste my time watching. Every year it’s the same.
Last week's poll
How are you coping with the current drought?
I have planned ahead and stored feed (4.32%)
Culling cattle (25.07%)
I am not planting this year (24.23%)
Praying for rain (39.14%)
I need help (7.24%)
Culling cattle (25.07 %) I am not planting this year (24.23 %) I have planned ahead and stored feed (4.32 %) I need help (7.24 %) Praying for rain (39.14 %) Culling cattle (25.07 %) I am not planting this year (24.23 %) I have planned ahead and stored feed (4.32 %) I need help (7.24 %) Praying for rain (39.14 %)
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