Ed­i­tors note

The Poultry Bulletin - - CONTENTS - By Cameron Macken­zie

With busi­ness con­fi­dence at a 16 year low, the cur­rency fol­low­ing suit, and our econ­omy “sick”, this month’s From the Desk is sur­pris­ingly up­beat. Have a spe­cial read of the is­sues sur­round­ing AGOA re­lat­ing to what the US be­lieves is true – and what ac­tu­ally is. It’s fas­ci­nat­ing how re­al­ity is so far re­moved from per­cep­tion. The fo­cus re­ally is on trade, and when read­ing this column, it’s easy to see how re­lent­less the strug­gle is to keep it fair. Also, SAPA’S ‘new’ struc­ture has started very pos­i­tively, so if there’s a ray of sun­shine (hope­fully sprin­kled with a few drops of drought­break­ing rain), you’ll find it here.

Economics is a com­plex sub­ject, of­ten jar­gon-laden and dif­fi­cult for the av­er­age per­son to stay awake for – let alone un­der­stand! How­ever, the pre­sen­ta­tion by Dr Azar Jam­mine of Econometrix at Avi Africa this year was re­mark­ably sim­ple to grasp – and also made for riv­et­ing lis­ten­ing as it un­packed all the fac­tors af­fect­ing our econ­omy right now. We have there­fore reprinted it in this month’s Bul­letin for those who missed it. It re­ally is the what and why of South Africa’s eco­nomic health, which although pretty dire, does end on a pos­i­tive note. For all those with an eye on the fu­ture, this is a must read.

As the costs are cal­cu­lated fol­low­ing the mas­sive AI out­break in the US, we cover some of these in our In­ter­na­tional News sec­tion. Pro­vid­ing even more food for thought on this is­sue, our US cor­re­spon­dent Si­mon Shane, well known to many in the lo­cal poul­try in­dus­try, tack­les the ques­tion of com­pen­sa­tion for pro­duc­ers af­fected by the rav­ages of dis­ease in the event that steps are taken by govern­ment to limit the spread. While this is aimed at Amer­i­can pro­duc­ers, it’s clear that this is a univer­sal ques­tion that ap­plies as much to us as it does to pro­duc­ers the world over.

As I com­pile this mag­a­zine, it be­comes in­creas­ingly ap­par­ent that we, as South African pro­duc­ers, are very much part of a global in­dus­try that shares much in com­mon be­sides purely trade is­sues and bat­tling for mar­ket share. An is­sue for one is an is­sue for all (if you’ll ex­cuse the para­phras­ing).

On that note, the prom­ise of Spring al­ways brings with it a sense of re­newed op­ti­mism, and I wish you a soft, soak­ing rain­fall in the months ahead, with a pro­duc­tive and fruit­ful sum­mer.

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