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Free trade and deregulated domestic markets: Attitudes of commercial farmers in KwaZulu-Natal

R. C. Stockil, G. F. Ortmann
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 1, No 1 | a1872 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v1i1.1872 | © 2019 R. C. Stockil, G. F. Ortmann | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 November 2020 | Published: 31 March 1998

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R. C. Stockil, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Natal, South Africa
G. F. Ortmann, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Natal, South Africa

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Abstract

This study analyses farmers' attitudes towards free trade and deregulated domestic product and input markets using a survey conducted in 1996 among 112 commercial farmers in KwaZulu-Natal. Most respondents were in favour of liberalised trade and deregulated domestic markets, but expected a decline in product prices, farm profits and land values. Logit analyses of farmers' personal and business characteristics that influence their attitudes towards free trade and deregulated domestic markets were conducted. Results indicate that improved information on risk management practices and import tariff levels may help commercial farmers to adapt to a changing economic environment and reduce resistance to free trade.

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