Ed­i­tors NOTE

The Poultry Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - By Cameron Macken­zie

It is al­ways with a great sense of pride that we pro­duce this is­sue for Avi Africa, this year mark­ing the 110th con­fer­ence and ex­hi­bi­tion. Avi Africa serves to show­case not only the im­por­tance of South Africa’s big­gest agri­cul­tural sec­tor in Rand terms, but lo­cal ex­per­tise, ex­pe­ri­ence, pro­duc­tion meth­ods and prod­ucts that makes us truly world class.

Although our poul­try sec­tor is fac­ing one of the most dif­fi­cult times yet with ris­ing in­put costs, the worst drought in our his­tory, and un­prece­dented lev­els of for­eign im­ports threat­en­ing our very sur­vival - es­pe­cially our emerg­ing, small and medium pro­duc­ers – we re­main proudly South African. On this sub­ject, let me men­tion my lo­cal Spar in Broad­acres, whose owner told me that de­spite be­ing of­fered a be­wil­der­ing ar­ray of for­eign im­ported poul­try by sup­pli­ers, he only stocks lo­cally pro­duced chicken. May all re­tail­ers fol­low the Tarr’s ex­am­ple, for buy­ing lo­cal means buy­ing a lo­cal job, sup­port­ing lo­cal in­dus­try and the health of our na­tion’s econ­omy as whole.

Given the ar­rival of US im­ports on our shores backed by the ab­so­lute as­sur­ances of lo­cal im­porters and US pro­duc­ers that these poul­try prod­ucts are of the high­est qual­ity and health stan­dards, it’s ironic that mil­lions of kilo­grams of poul­try prod­ucts have been re­called across the US dur­ing April and May this year due to dis­ease and other is­sues as we re­port in Today in the USA. It’s also worth not­ing that last year alone, while more than 2 mil­lion cases of Sal­mo­nella were re­ported in the USA, in­ci­dences in South Africa were a rare oc­cur­rence. Our coun­try can be jus­ti­fi­ably proud of our lo­cal health and safety stan­dards, which are rated among the top three in the world. Such a shame there­fore that these were low­ered to al­low in US im­ports at the bar­rel of the AGOA gun. We re­main hope­ful that this is loaded with blanks.

With the pub­li­ca­tion of the new DAFF brin­ing reg­u­la­tions, Kevin’s reg­u­lar let­ter to the in­dus­try is filled with the facts and as­sump­tions sur­round­ing this con­tro­ver­sial topic. Read the From the Desk and make up your own kind whether these are good or bad for con­sumers and pro­duc­ers. Catch up too on the lat­est news from a global per­spec­tive on an­timi­cro­bials – we’ve been cov­er­ing this is­sue quite a lot over the last few months, mat­ters of trade, as well as news from within SAPA’S mem­ber or­gan­i­sa­tions.

We’ve also pro­vided fresh in­sight into both the trans­for­ma­tion im­per­a­tive – and the per­son tasked by SAPA to lead it. We trust you’ll en­joy the ar­ti­cle and find the pro­file of Dr Char­lotte Nkuna as in­ter­est­ing and en­gag­ing as the per­son who sits be­hind the words. She’s warm and friendly, so look out for her at Avi Africa and stop for a chat. You won’t re­gret it.

Lastly, I hope you’ll en­joy the news, views and fea­tures we’ve in­cluded this month, and will look out for our July is­sue when all the news from Avi Africa will fea­ture – along with pho­to­graphs of some of the peo­ple and com­pa­nies that make our in­dus­try great.¡

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