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.

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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Grain outlook: don’t be misled!

Maize prices are currently at record levels, while future prices are much lower, creating uncertainty amongst maize producers and maize users.
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FMD-free status: Sorry, but it’s just not enough!

The joy at recovering our FMD-free status must not overshadow the need to prevent FMD and other diseases from striking again.
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AgriSA's land reform proposal is
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Last week's poll
Do you agree that farm murders have decreased in the last four years?
Yes, with the help of the police. (51.84%)
No, farm murders and violence have increased drastically. (48.16%)
Yes, with the help of the police. (51.84 %) No, farm murders and violence have increased drastically. (48.16 %) Yes, with the help of the police. (51.84 %) No, farm murders and violence have increased drastically. (48.16 %)
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