Global Farming

Input prices increase faster than product prices, but farmers can do much to limit the effect of the cost-price squeeze on their businesses.
Small farmers facing the price-cost squeeze need to join forces to survive.
Real or perceived fears about competition legislation in South Africa inhibit the free flow of information and limit interaction within industries. This affects competition in the marketplace.
Sustainable agriculture encompasses much more than environmental protection. It depends on a profitable agricultural sector operating in a stable and well-regulated environment where everyone does their job.

Chicken, Beef or lamb?

Beef and lamb prices have increased substantially since 2008, while poultry prices have stagnated. What’s the future outlook for these products?
Once again, the grain situation shows the importance of Safex for hedging against price uncertainty.

Beware those downside risks

Although the world economy remains uncertain, global food supply and demand are favourable, so farmers can expect product prices at current or higher levels in the coming year.
Farmers are under continuous pressure to farm more efficiently and to save money. Unfortunately, there are right and wrong ways of going about it

The good change

Changing market dynamics provides good opportunities for South African farmers.

Looking good, if not rosy

The world food outlook for the next decade is positive. South African farmers will be able to share in this, provided they're allowed and encouraged to do so.

Get a bigger slice

Primary production is the least profitable sector in a value chain, and the farmer's share of the consumer rand is shrinking. But farmers can share in the profit made upstream...
South Africa's 30 000 commercial farmers provide affordable food, earn foreign currency and contribute massively to the national economy. Despite this, they regularly face threats to their survival.issue date: 19...

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