oa South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences - Factors affecting the use of management tools by large maize producers in South Africa

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-8812
  • E-ISSN: 2222-3436



Ordinary Least Squares regression was used to examine what characteristics affect the use of maize price risk management tools by a sample of large commercial South African maize producers in 1998. The use of maize storage facilities, off-farm employment, formal crop insurance, length of formal education of operators and the proportion of farm turnover from maize, all positively influence producers' use of these tools. Crop insurance thus appeared to be a complementary method of risk management. In contrast to previous United States studies, operators' self-rated score of marketing management ability was negatively related to the use of price risk management tools. Maize marketing seminars and other sources of information on managing price risk would reduce adoption costs and encourage broader producer participation.

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