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.
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.
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.¡