Global Farming

All indicators point to a long-term agricultural boom. There are ways farmers can benefit from this.

We need answers!

It’s high time the department of agriculture drops the rhetoric and gives us a few straight answers to questions about our animal bio-security.
Some 27 countries in Africa will need help with food security in 2012. To meet this demand we need more government-funded research in SA.
What goes up, must come down, but farmers must be careful not to make long-term decisions based on the current short-term drop in world food prices.
Dairy farmers, hard-hit by high input prices can expect better conditions in 2012 and beyond. Koos Coetzee explains.
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.

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