The Poultry Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - Dr Char­lotte Nkuna

T he 27th Galliova event was held on 21 Oc­to­ber at Young­blood restau­rant in Cape Town. This venue was a de­par­ture from the usual wine farms used in the past. Young­blood pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for young artists to dis­play their work. On the day, the food writ­ers were given an op­por­tu­nity to judge the dis­played art­work. The guests went even fur­ther by re­quest­ing that some of the art­work be auc­tioned off. This pro­vided en­ter­tain­ment as well as an op­por­tu­nity for the art lovers to col­lect some very nice pieces.

The five fi­nal­ists from each cat­e­gory were in­vited to the event. This year, there was em­pha­sis on the young and up­com­ing food writ­ers. These young writ­ers were en­cour­aged to con­tinue work­ing hard and also en­ter­ing their works into Galliova on an an­nual ba­sis. This year was the first for some of the young writ­ers and they were very pleased to be part of such a spec­tac­u­lar event. At the same time, they ac­cepted the chal­lenge posed to them to strive for great­ness and give the reg­u­lar win­ners a run for their money.

The venue pro­vided a very vi­brant, colour­ful at­mo­sphere that con­trib­uted to the re­laxed vibe. The food writ­ers were very com­pli­men­tary of the venue. The food was also ex­cel­lent, some­thing the chef can be proud of, espe­cially when her team main­tained their com­po­sure while serv­ing well known food writ­ers.

We await Galliova 2017 with great an­tic­i­pa­tion and ex­cite­ment!

SAPA 2017 Bud­get Prepa­ra­tions

It is that time of the year when SAPA pre­pares the bud­get for the year ahead. As you are all aware, 2016 was a very dif­fi­cult year for every­body. In recog­ni­tion of the dif­fi­cul­ties faced by the in­dus­try, SAPA worked very hard to re­duce the ex­penses and make sure that the sec­re­tar­iat is run very ef­fi­ciently. It is there­fore very dif­fi­cult to pre­pare for the fu­ture when such a fu­ture looks very bleak. How­ever, we re­main op­ti­mistic that the in­dus­try will see a turn­around in 2017 and that the pro­duc­ers and other af­fected in­dus­tries will work to­gether to find bet­ter ways of do­ing busi­ness. There is a need to look at how pro­duc­ers do busi­ness and how the avail­able re­sources can be used to grow the pie so that ev­ery­one can start to make prof­its again. In 2017, SAPA will con­tinue to work to­wards stretch­ing each and ev­ery Rand that is col­lected from the pro­duc­ers to de­liver value at a min­i­mal cost.

Mem­ber­ship Drive

The ef­forts made this year to broaden the mem­ber­ship base of the Egg Or­gan­i­sa­tion have yielded less than the de­sired out­comes. SAPA is very much ap­pre­cia­tive of the mem­bers who heeded the call to re­join the association

and make con­tri­bu­tions and changes from within. It is, how­ever, dis­ap­point­ing that many pro­duc­ers still do not see the value as­so­ci­ated with be­ing a mem­ber of SAPA. This is even more wor­ry­ing when one con­sid­ers that the ben­e­fits are not di­rected at in­di­vid­ual pro­duc­ers but rather at the in­dus­try in gen­eral, and that SAPA con­tin­ues to be their voice in govern­ment and other or­gan­i­sa­tions. The low lev­els of mem­ber­ship are mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to im­ple­ment new pro­grammes that will fur­ther ben­e­fit the mem­bers as these re­quire fi­nan­cial re­sources. SAPA wishes to urge all pro­duc­ers who are not mem­bers to re­con­sider their po­si­tion as we move to­wards 2017. As they say, there is strength in num­bers - and this is true for the poul­try in­dus­try as well.

Code of Prac­tice and SABS Wel­fare Stan­dards

The process of re­vis­ing the SAPA COP is mov­ing very well. Mem­bers are again be­ing en­cour­aged to pro­vide in­put and feed­back when called upon to do so by the COP Com­mit­tee. Most of the pro­posed changes are in the egg pro­duc­tion COP. These changes will only be ef­fected in 2017 af­ter Avi Africa. The same changes will be re­flected in the SABS Stan­dards. The process of com­bin­ing the COP into a sin­gle source doc­u­ment for the SABS Stan­dards is also un­der­way. The in­dex page has been com­pleted and the body of the doc­u­ment is now be­ing de­vel­oped. The pro­posed amend­ments to the COP will only be in­cluded in the SABS Stan­dards once they have been en­dorsed by the pro­duc­ers at Avi Africa.

Trans­for­ma­tion Mat­ters

Op­er­a­tion Phak­isa

Op­er­a­tion Phak­isa for Agri­cul­ture, Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and Land Re­form was held from 25 Septem­ber to 28 Oc­to­ber 2016. The lab was held dur­ing a very long and gru­elling 5 weeks. The pur­pose of Op­er­a­tion Phak­isa is to de­velop ac­tions that will as­sist in ac­cel­er­at­ing de­liv­ery of the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan (NDP). This Phak­isa fol­lows on the heels of the suc­cess­ful Oceans Econ­omy Phak­isa. The par­tic­i­pants were chal­lenged to think lat­er­ally and as­sist in de­vel­op­ing the key ac­tions that will de­velop agri­cul­ture and create the much needed jobs.

The par­tic­i­pants were di­vided into six work streams - pro­ducer sup­port, land re­form, labour, grains and oilseeds, hor­ti­cul­ture, and live­stock. Each work stream had to work on top­ics, which cov­ered ru­ral de­vel­op­ment, trans­for­ma­tion, agro-pro­cess­ing and value ad­di­tion, mar­ket ac­cess and de­vel­op­ment, re­search and in­no­va­tion, nat­u­ral re­source man­age­ment and equitable water al­lo­ca­tion re­form, and risk man­age­ment.

SAPA was in­volved in the live­stock work stream. The main de­bate was about the in­cor­po­ra­tion of the new en­trants into the wellestab­lished and so­phis­ti­cated live­stock in­dus­try value chains. The is­sue of trans­for­ma­tion was also de­bated quite ex­ten­sively. There are many dif­fer­ent un­der­stand­ings of what trans­for­ma­tion is and how one can ef­fec­tively trans­form in­dus­tries with­out af­fect­ing the avail­abil­ity of goods. The ques­tion of a dual econ­omy and there­fore dual in­dus­try value chains were ex­plored in great de­tail to try and build in­clu­sive and grow­ing economies that will pro­duce safe and suf­fi­cient food for South Africans - and still have sur­pluses that can be ex­ported to other coun­tries.

The poul­try in­dus­try was seen as a key stake­holder in the project and also for fu­ture job cre­ation. I en­cour­age you to read the re­port when DAFF pub­lishes it.

Es­tab­lish­ment of the Pro­vin­cial Or­gan­i­sa­tions

The first SAPA Pro­vin­cial meet­ing will be held on 15 Novem­ber 2016 at the KZNPI in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg. This is one of many planned meet­ings that will as­sist in get­ting SAPA closer to the pro­duc­ers. Over 70 pro­duc­ers are ex­pected to at­tend the meet­ing, where the pro­duc­ers will form a lo­cal com­mit­tee that will work to­gether to drive lo­cal is­sues for the farm­ers. It will be used as a plat­form for train­ing, farmer sup­port, men­tor­ship, mar­ket ac­cess, mar­ket­ing, govern­ment en­gage­ment, etc. The suc­cess of the pro­vin­cial or­gan­i­sa­tion will de­pend largely on the par­tic­i­pa­tion by the lo­cal pro­duc­ers. This is a very big step for SAPA Board, Broiler and Egg Com­mit­tees. It sees the ful­fil­ment of one of the main goals that were set dur­ing the re­struc­tur­ing and the de­vel­op­ment of the new in­clu­sive SAPA.¡

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