DIE OORSAKE VAN BEDRYFSKONSENTRASIE IN DIE ROOIVLEISBEDRYF VAN SUID-AFRIKA IN PERSPEKTIEF

Inadequate proof exists for the sentiment that the current trade concentration in the red meat industry can primarily or even exclusively be laid at the door of the Meld Board's Meat Scheme. Trade concentration already existed prior to the establishment of the Meat Board and the Scheme, and would probably have taken place in any case. The Meat Board most likely only contributed to the momentum and maintenance of the concentration process. Secondly, concentration cannot be regarded simplistically as being the result of government interference. Such view is a denial of the problematic nature of economic power concentration and effective competition. The truth probably contains many more nuances. Thirdly, as far as policy is concerned, the narrow and one-sided identification of a simple (alleged) cause should not serve as a basis for an equally simple policy proposal. Contrary to certain arguments the concentration levels in the red meat industry would probably remain unchanged in an unregulated environment. A more creative solution than simple government withdrawal and deregulation will have to be sought.


Other Titles:
The causes of trade concentration in the red meat industry of South Africa in perspective
Issue Date:
1994-03-1994-03-1994-03
Publication Type:
Journal Article
ISSN:
0303-1853
Language:
English
Published in:
Agrekon, Volume 33, Issue 1
Page range:
33-40




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