Or­gan­i­sa­tion Mat­ters

The Poultry Bulletin - - CONTENTS - Dr Char­lotte Nkuna

It is true that 2017 started with a bang for the poul­try in­dus­try. The in­dus­try has had more ex­cite­ment in the first month of 2017 than it had in 12 months of some of the pre­vi­ous years. Most of the news is on the woes of the broiler in­dus­try; how­ever, in the eyes of the pub­lic, the poul­try in­dus­try in­cludes all chick­ens. This has pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for the in­dus­tries to table all their is­sues at the desks of some of the most in­flu­en­tial gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials. This is the year when the poul­try in­dus­try gets to be lis­tened to and be heard.

The plan is to build on the cur­rent mo­men­tum and make sure that the in­ter­ests of all the broiler and layer farm­ers are taken care of - from the cost of feed, to low farm-gate prices, to the role of re­tail­ers and other stake­hold­ers in the value chain. We see an op­por­tu­nity to in­stil pride in our con­sumers and to get them to sup­port South African prod­ucts.

The good­ness of eggs cam­paign

We are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of de­vel­op­ing a South African mark that will iden­tify lo­cally pro­duced prod­ucts that con­sumers can buy with cer­tainty and sup­port the lo­cal in­dus­try. We wish to make this avail­able to SAPA mem­bers as one of the ben­e­fits of be­ing a mem­ber. This is also im­por­tant to as­sure con­sumers of the qual­ity of the prod­uct they are buy­ing. There will need to be an au­dit­ing func­tion that we are still de­bat­ing and thrash­ing out.

Egg in­dus­try global com­pet­i­tive­ness study

To­gether with the Bu­reau of Food and Agri­cul­ture Pol­icy, we have made in­roads in prepa­ra­tion for the global com­pet­i­tive study for eggs. This is im­por­tant for the in­dus­try as it will dis­pel any myths that may be in the con­sumers’ mind when it comes to the tech­ni­cal abil­i­ties of South African egg pro­duc­ers. The study will look at the break­down of costs and see

how South Africa fares. An ex­am­ple of this wqould be the cost of maize com­pared to other coun­tries and how that in­flu­ences the price of feed, and there­fore pro­duc­tion costs. This study will as­sist the in­dus­try to im­prove where re­quired and also com­mu­ni­cate to our con­sumers. The study will be ex­tended to other parts of the pro­duc­tion value chain to un­cover where ef­fi­cien­cies and mar­gins are lost.

Egg levy ap­pli­ca­tion

We are pleased to re­port that the pre­lim­i­nary egg levy ap­pli­ca­tion has been sub­mit­ted to the Na­tional Agri­cul­ture Mar­ket­ing Coun­cil (NAMC) for con­sid­er­a­tion. The NAMC has come back with some rec­om­men­da­tions for amend­ments and ad­di­tions which we are work­ing on. The ap­pli­ca­tion is for a levy rate of R0.01 per dozen eggs sold to the trade. The ap­pli­ca­tion is nec­es­sary in or­der to se­cure the fu­ture of the egg in­dus­try and to deal with the deficit that seems to be grow­ing year on year - even af­ter se­vere cuts in ex­pen­di­ture. Fail­ing to se­cure the levy will leave SAPA with no choice but to close down the Egg Or­gan­i­sa­tion (EO). We are re­ly­ing on your sup­port to en­sure the sus­tain­abil­ity of the EO. That said, we will be send­ing a form to the egg pro­duc­ers and main sup­pli­ers in which we re­quest that you in­di­cate your sup­port for the levy. We ask that the form be com­pleted and re­turned to SAPA timeously to en­able SAPA to sub­mit the fi­nal ap­pli­ca­tion to the NAMC.

Dis­ease con­trol in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion

The Di­rec­tor of the Poul­try Dis­ease Man­age­ment Agency (PDMA) Dr Ziyanda Ma­jok­weni has been busy get­ting her­self up to speed with the projects and pro­grammes that had been ini­ti­ated over the past five years. The Euro­pean Union Com­mis­sion paid South Africa an in­spec­tion visit in 2016 to es­tab­lish the pos­si­bil­ity of re­open­ing their mar­kets for raw os­trich meat. The visit high­lighted some short­falls in the way the poul­try and os­trich farm­ers con­trol and re­port dis­eases to the Na­tional Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Forestry and Fish­eries. It has be­come rather ap­par­ent that we need to relook the way we han­dle dis­ease out­breaks and how we mon­i­tor the no­ti­fi­able dis­eases, par­tic­u­larly Avian In­fluenza and New­cas­tle Dis­ease.

The Poul­try Health and Wel­fare Work­ing Group of SAPA will be go­ing back to the draw­ing board to see how, through the PDMA, dis­ease con­trol can be strength­ened. The dis­ease map­ping ini­tia­tive will be re­vived and strength­ened to get a bet­ter han­dle on the na­tional dis­ease sta­tus. This will also in­clude how the in­dus­try uses and man­ages an­tibi­otics in the flocks as part of the an­timi­cro­bial stew­ard­ship pro­gramme where each in­dus­try has to come up with plans to mon­i­tor and re­duce an­tibi­otic use. The in­dus­try plan will feed into DAFF’S plan, which will in turn feed into the South African Na­tional An­timi­cro­bial Plan. The residue pro­gramme, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with DAFF, is be­ing re­viewed and a new pro­gramme will be im­ple­mented as soon as pos­si­ble.

Provin­cial Or­gan­i­sa­tions roll-out

In Novem­ber 2016, SAPA held its first Provin­cial Or­gan­i­sa­tion meet­ing in KZN. The As­so­ci­a­tion is plan­ning more meet­ings for 2017. The tar­get was to hold at least four ad­di­tional meet­ings be­fore Avi Africa in June. Since spon­sor­ships are fun­da­men­tal in the af­ford­abil­ity of these meet­ings, SAPA is on a drive to so­licit as fund­ing from var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tion. It is un­for­tu­nate that SAPA is not in a fi­nan­cial po­si­tion to af­ford these ac­tiv­i­ties, so our sup­pli­ers have been very gen­er­ous and we count on their con­tin­u­ing sup­port. The next meet­ing will be held in Gaut­eng at Usam­bara Lodge in Jo­han­nes­burg on 15 Fe­bru­ary 2017. We look for­ward to see­ing you there.¡

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