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South African farmers' needs of agricultural data

J. A. Groenewald, A. Frick
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 4, No 2 | a2645 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v4i2.2645 | © 2018 J. A. Groenewald, A. Frick | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 July 2018 | Published: 30 June 2001

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J. A. Groenewald, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of the Free State, South Africa
A. Frick, Uni Grain Trading Company; and University of the Free State, South Africa

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Abstract

Data on agriculture are required by decision-makers, including farmers, to solve problems and make business decisions. The needs of decision-makers have changed over time. Since information systems are designed to aid decisionmakers, their needs should be determined. A mail survey among farmers indicated that they are chiefly interested in information regarding producer prices, prices of field crop inputs and statistics on imports and exports of livestock products. There is also interest in employment data and statistics on economic, institutional and infrastructural matters.

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