F Tunded training gathers pace and technical committees formed he week started on a worrying note for all South Africans, as the Rand depreciated to its lowest ever value against the US Dollar, and markets around the world lost 2.7 Trillion USD in value on the back of economic data from China sparked by a devaluation of the Chinese Yuan. By Tuesday, markets started recovering and the Rand settled due to SARB indicating that they may possibly intervene. Opinions abound on what will happen next, but the general consensus is that the markets are due for a major correction and cannot be sustained at the high levels we have seen for the last 18 months. It’s going to be an interesting next few months.
On a lighter note, we are slowly edging towards spring and longer days and the busiest period for the poultry sector with 3 months left until the annual festive season. It’s this time of year that many suddenly realise that the end of the year is looming and a lots still needs to be accomplished. One of these indicators is the plethora of enquiries I receive on how to start a small poultry business by individuals wanting to take advantage of the festive season demand for poultry products.
Galliova Awards 2015
Arrangements for Galliova are on track with Protactic the PR company hard at work making the necessary arrangements for this year’s event. The venue Cavalli Stud farm in Somerset West has been confirmed and this year’s judges have been identified. The pre-judging event will take place in Johannesburg on 28 September. A reminder that there is a Foodeggcellence Facebook page and the number of likes has surpassed the 4500 mark. Visit this as www. facebook.com/pages/food-eg Gcellence/634550609991573?fr ef=ts. Invitations to this year’s event will be sent out to SAPA members in early September.
DAFF funded Farmer Training
Since last month’s issue, the DAFF funded training has gained momentum. To date, 107