The Trumpet Newsletter – Issue 4 – 30 Nov 2018

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The Trumpet Newsletter – Issue 4 – 30 Nov 2018

Addressing the climate change issue in the agricultural sector.


The Trumpet is an economic research newsletter established as an alternative option for stakeholders to
access research outputs of the NAMC. This is the fourth issue of the economic research newsletter compiled
by the Markets and Economic Research Centre (MERC). The newsletter seeks to summarise the latest research
along with communicating information on recent and upcoming events of interest to our stakeholders.


Renewable Energy: By Moses Lubinga

In the agricultural sector, much attention within the concept of climate change is drawn towards activities at the
production phase. However, agriculture goes far beyond the production phase and some evidence actually reveals that
more greenhouse gases (GHGs) are emitted at post-harvest level, particularly for commodities that require cold storage
and processing. Post-harvest activities along the various commodity value chains also play a significant role in the
generation of greenhouse gases (GHGs), which is the root cause of climate change. This, therefore, calls for an urgent
need to also draw much attention to these activities so as to attain South Africa’s envisaged GHG emission reduction
targets of 34% by 2020 and 42% by 2025 as enshrined in the Carbon Tax policy.  Read more…

Conference Papers

Comparing prices received by participating and nonparticipating farmers in the custom feeding initiative of the National Red Meat Development Programme: A case of KwaZulu-Natal Province: By Moses Lubinga, Ndumiso Mazibuko & Kayalethu Sotsha

Livestock farming forms the backbone of agriculture in most of South Africa’s poorest rural areas. Out of 13 L million herd in South Africa, about 5.2 million (40%) is in the hands of communal farmers. However, this group of
farmers does not participate fully into the mainstream value chain due to numerous reasons including poor grazing land and overstocking. The complexities and the non-availability of readily discernible information within the developing sector makes it a challenge for any formative intervention. Read more…

The impact of anti-dumping duty on consumer prices of frozen bone-in chicken portion imports from the European Union: By By Moses Lubinga, Bonani Nyhodo & Simphiwe Ngqangweni

In 2013, the South Africa Poultry Association (SAPA) raised a concern that frozen bone-in portions of fowls of the species gallus domesticus (hs 0207.14.9) were being imported into the country at dumped prices, thereby negatively
affecting the poultry industry within the entire Southern African Customs Union (SACU) region. Read more…

Published Books

Agriculture and the African continental free trade area. By: Ron Sandrey,Willemien Viljoen, Thandeka Ntshangase, Mélanie Mugrefya, Yolanda Potelwa, Thabo Motsepe, Molupe Pheko, Puseletso Sauli, Talkmore Chidede, Nikki Jacobs & Johnson Maiketso

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is part of the African Union’s broader push to achieve greater regional integration and development and its main aim is to boost intra-African trade. Read more…


Journey as a senior economist: By Kayalethu Sotsha

Kayalethu Sotsha is a Senior Economist within MERC division under Smallholder Market Access Research Unit. Kayalethu is from a farming rural area (Bukazi Administrative Area) of Lusikisiki, a small town under the Ingquza Hill Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape Province. He holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics obtained from the University of Fort Hare where he also obtained his undergraduate degree.

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