n Farmer’s Weekly - Managing a difficult year : global farming

Volume 2015, Issue 15049
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



With good planning and careful management, farmers will be able to survive the difficult times. The 2014/2015 summer grains season was tough for South Africa's inland farmers. Nonetheless, they still managed to produce more than nine million tons of maize, compared with the previous season's 14 million tons. Livestock farmers did relatively well, with fairly high meat and fibre prices and stable grain prices. In spite of slower global economic growth, the exporting industries also performed well in 2014. But the drier conditions in 2014 were followed by severe drought in 2015. At the time of writing, only isolated rain showers have fallen in the summer rainfall areas.

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