Current policies in South African agriculture are the result of substantial reforms implemented from the mid‐1990s. Policy changes that impacted on agriculture resulted in deregulation of the marketing of agricultural products, liberalisation of domestic markets, and reduced barriers to agricultural trade. The main developments in trade policy included the replacement of direct controls over imports by tariffs, removal of state controls over exports and elimination of export subsidies. These reforms reduced market price support and budgetary support to commercial farming. In contrast, increased budgetary spending went to finance the land reform process.
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Document Type: Review Article
Publication date: March 1, 2009