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.
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→