oa NAFU Farmer - Headlines

Volume 2006, Issue 3
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The release of the country's growth figures by Statistics SA, shows a dismal performance by the farming, fisheries and forestry sector. Having contracted 33% over the past two quarters, the sector is technically in recession. In any other sector, alarm bells would be sounding, but agricultural economists are quick to point out that volatility is in the nature of the sector, with seasonal factors, climatic fluctuations and market volatility affecting input costs, such as fuel, greatly affecting production.

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