The Poultry Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - By Christo­pher Ma­son

By the time you’ve re­ceived this month’s Poul­try Bul­letin, Spring will have sprung - and so will the mad rush of ac­tiv­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with the last quar­ter of the year. There have been con­flict­ing re­ports and opin­ions on whether we’re about to en­ter into a hot dry pe­riod, which will ex­ag­ger­ate the cur­rent drought con­di­tions. Let’s hope that the naysay­ers have it wrong and that the ad­vent of La Nina brings with it the des­per­ately needed rain.

Avi Africa

Re­ports re­ceived from this year’s par­tic­i­pants was that Avi Africa was a suc­cess and that the top­ics pre­sented were well re­ceived. We’re about to start with the plan­ning for the 2017 congress, so your in­put on rel­e­vant speaker top­ics is re­quested. Please con­tact me if you have a spe­cific topic you’d like to see ad­dressed in one of the ses­sions.


Iam pleased to in­form you that the AGRISETA has given SAPA a fur­ther R500,000 to­wards in­dus­try train­ing ini­tia­tives. The con­tin­ued sup­port of the AGRISETA is val­ued, and it’s our re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that they get a re­turn on their in­vest­ment through qual­ity train­ing ini­tia­tives.

DAFF funded train­ing

The un­for­tu­nate de­lay in the DAFF train­ing as pre­vi­ously re­ported should be com­ing to an end. We’ve sent through the in­voice for the train­ing funds, and as soon as this has been paid over, we’ll start with the much-needed train­ing. For those pro­duc­ers who’ve sub­mit­ted farmer train­ing pro­file forms, as soon as we’ve re­ceived the fund­ing, you’ll be no­ti­fied.

PME and PMI Train­ing

We re­cently com­pleted the train­ing of 35 PME and PMI can­di­dates through the ACPD. I am pleased to re­port that all the can­di­dates were deemed com­pe­tent and suc­cess­fully com­pleted their course. I’d like to con­grat­u­late all the learn­ers, the ACPD, and lastly the AGRISETA for once again

in­vest­ing in skills devel­op­ment in our in­dus­try.

SAPA web­site ‘Mem­bers Only’ sec­tion

T his is a friendly re­minder to visit the SAPA ‘Mem­bers Only’ sec­tion on our web­site to ac­cess the meet­ing min­utes. Galliova 2016 E ntries have opened for South Africa’s most pres­ti­gious food and health jour­nal­ism awards, the Galliova Food Writ­ers’ Awards 2016, which ac­knowl­edge the coun­try’s top food and health writ­ers across all print me­dia, in­clud­ing on­line publi­ca­tions.

Now in their 27th year and once again spon­sored by the South African Poul­try As­so­ci­a­tion (SAPA) , th­ese highly-an­tic­i­pated awards carry sub­stan­tial prize money across six cat­e­gories in­clud­ing the Galliova Food Writer of the Year, Galliova Egg Cham­pion Award, Galliova Health Writer of the Year and the Galliova On­line Food or Health Writer.

With the rein­tro­duc­tion of the on­line cat­e­gory, or­gan­is­ers are an­tic­i­pat­ing an­other bumper year and they are par­tic­u­larly hope­ful of in­creased num­bers of en­tries in the Up & Com­ing Food or Health Writer cat­e­gory which car­ries a R15,000 prize.

In­dus­try recog­ni­tion clearly means a great deal to the win­ners, with the 2014 Up & Com­ing Writer, Han­nah Lewry, say­ing that the awards help to main­tain a stan­dard of ex­cel­lence in the food and health writ­ing in­dus­try.

“We’re so lucky to have a plat­form such as the Galliova Awards to recog­nise our hard work and to en­cour­age us to strive al­ways to be bet­ter, to share our knowl­edge and to help ev­ery­day cooks and food lovers to be­come in­spired and learn,” she said.

Salomé Del­port, Health Writer of the Year 2015, re­it­er­ates that the award car­ries with it the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ex­cel­lent health com­mu­ni­ca­tions cou­pled with fun and mak­ing a con­nec­tion with the read­ers’ needs.

The judg­ing panel com­prises ex­perts from the food, me­dia, health and egg in­dus­tries who will be look­ing for ex­cel­lence in food writ­ing, food styling and the over­all pro­mo­tion of the coun­try’s food cul­ture as well as writ­ing ex­cel­lence and bal­anced re­port­ing on health and nu­tri­tion is­sues. Sub­mis­sions will also be judged on the qual­ity of in­for­ma­tion pro­vided to the reader.

Chair­man of SAPA and a mem­ber of the Galliova subcom­mit­tee, Ag­mat Brinkhuis, said as a farmer, it was easy→

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