From the Desk
A new season, a new SAPA, and old trade issues
Spring is sprung and the rain still has to come. In our case, the exercise refrain of no pain no gain is rather no rain no gain. Some meteorologists think that the coming El Nino could be the strongest ever. This doesn’t bode well for a good maize crop this coming season. Add to that the general economic slowdown and global stock market concerns and we could well think that all that’s positive at the moment are warmer days in which to share tales of woe with friends and family.
For egg producers, an apparent shortage of eggs in some parts of the country has led to a much needed movement in prices, which haven’t kept up with inflation - and not even with broiler prices. For broiler producers, the situation’s very different. Imports are at their highest ever level, measured on a year to date basis, and when combined with some increased local production and poor levels of disposable income, this has led to price reductions. At a time when feed costs are particularly high, this is a toxic
We’re still waiting for SARS approval of our new constitution but nonetheless held meetings of the combined ‘old’ and ‘new’ SAPA committees, as well as the ‘old’ Management Committee and the ‘new’ Board in August to finalise plans for the introduction of the ‘new’ SAPA. Budgets and voting rights have been