Or­gan­i­sa­tional Mat­ters

The Poultry Bulletin - - CONTENTS - Dr Char­lotte Nkuna

This past year, 2016, will go down in his­tory as one of the most dif­fi­cult ever for the poul­try in­dus­try. The worst drought in many years started it all, and it was down­hill from there. The drought re­sulted in high grain prices, which trans­lated into high feed prices. This would not have been too bad were it not for the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the lo­cal cur­rency cou­pled with high oil prices. All these led to very high pro­duc­tion prices, which would not have been crit­i­cal were the pro­duc­ers able to re­cover these costs by in­creas­ing farm gate prices. How­ever, as we all know, re­tail­ers would have none of it. The farm gate prices didn’t es­ca­late as quickly as the pro­duc­tion costs - even to this day. Dare we for­get about the un­prece­dented high lev­els of im­ported broiler meat, which didn’t only make life dif­fi­cult for the broiler pro­duc­ers, but also for egg pro­duc­ers as they were not able to re­alise good prices from the sale of spent hens.

It is there­fore no sur­prise that as many as 12 000 di­rect and in­di­rect jobs are at stake, lead­ing to the Food and Al­lied Work­ers Union (FAWU) see­ing it fit to take their griev­ances to the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, as var­i­ous ap­peals to the South African govern­ment have not yielded the de­sired re­sults. The min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, Forestry and Fish­eries has a tar­get of cre­at­ing 1 mil­lion jobs in agri­cul­ture. At the cur­rent at­tri­tion rate, this re­mains but only a dream. In or­der to meet this tar­get, the in­dus­try needs to cre­ate - and not shed - jobs.

We live in hope that we can put 2016 be­hind us and look for­ward to 2017 with en­thu­si­asm and high lev­els of en­ergy. The year ahead prom­ises to be a very good one, with a few of the ini­tia­tives com­ing to fruition from both the egg in­dus­try and trans­for­ma­tion. In the egg in­dus­try, 2017 will see us driv­ing the fol­low­ing ini­tia­tives:

Egg In­dus­try Global Com­pet­i­tive­ness Study

There are many mis­con­cep­tions about the com­pet­i­tive­ness of the South African Poul­try In­dus­try. Most con­sumers be­lieve that the rea­son for high lev­els of im­ports is be­cause the in­dus­try is not able to pro­duce chicken at com­pet­i­tive prices. How­ever, the study con­ducted by the Bureau for Food and Agri­cul­ture Prod­ucts, proved that this is not the case. South Africa is more ef­fi­cient at pro­duc­ing poul­try meat than all of the Euro­pean coun­tries. To this end, SAPA has en­gaged BFAP to con­duct the same ex­er­cise for egg pro­duc­tion. We hope to have the re­sults of the study by the end of the first quar­ter of 2017.

Egg Levy Ap­pli­ca­tion

By now the fi­nan­cial woes of the egg in­dus­try are not break­ing news. The egg in­dus­try has been strug­gling un­der the im­mense ap­a­thy

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