International Sugar Journal

A time-series analysis of large-scale grower input costs in the South African sugarcane industry: 2000/01 to 2014/15* [Full subscriber]

Abstract There is an increased focus globally on the economic impacts of research and development. Farmers are more unlikely to adopt new technologies and management practices, if they have an adverse impact on profitability. This is mainly due to lower gross margins, resulting from above-inflation input cost increases. In the sugarcane industry, the gross margin squeeze has been more prominent, due to gradual decreased global yields and lower world prices since 2010. Therefore, a greater understanding of sugarcane production economics is required in the sugarcane research environment. To aid this process, the South African Cane Growers’ Association has been conducting…

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