Train­ing & De­vel­op­ment

The Poultry Bulletin - - CONTENTS - By Christo­pher Ma­son

There is a sense of re­lief in Gaut­eng as the Vaal dam even­tu­ally reached the 100% ca­pac­ity mile­stone at the be­gin­ning of March. Of­fi­cial news of the end of wa­ter re­stric­tions has yet to be an­nounced. My hope is that the cit­i­zens of Gaut­eng re­alise how for­tu­nate we were to get suf­fi­cient rains and that there are still ar­eas in the coun­try, specif­i­cally in the Western Cape, that face ma­jor re­stric­tions due to their dams dry­ing up. Lift­ing re­stric­tions is by no means a li­cense to waste and the use of wa­ter should con­tin­u­ally be re­spected.

Aware­ness of on­line fraud

Over the last cou­ple of weeks there has been an in­crease in the num­ber of peo­ple con­tact­ing SAPA to check the le­git­i­macy of on­line sup­plier web­sites. The good news is that peo­ple are be­com­ing aware of these ac­tiv­i­ties and tak­ing time to fol­low up with SAPA be­fore mak­ing pay­ments. The un­in­tended con­se­quence of on­line fraud­sters be­com­ing known and los­ing busi­ness will re­sult in a pro­lif­er­a­tion of different web­sites de­vel­oped to try scam more peo­ple. Be on your guard and spread the mes­sage that these sites need to be ver­i­fied.

AGRISETA news

AGRISETA re­cently held a 2 day SSC work­shop dur­ing which the var­i­ous sub-sec­tor groups were asked in the ple­nary ses­sion to com­pile a sum­mary of the state of train­ing in their sec­tors, op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges. What is clear across many sec­tors are 3 main ar­eas of con­cern - the de­pre­ci­a­tion of the cur­rency, the ef­fects of the drought, and un­con­trolled im­ports. All these are ma­jor ob­sta­cles across the var­i­ous agri­cul­tural com­mod­ity groups. This does not bode well for our agri­cul­ture sec­tor and ur­gent ac­tion needs to be taken to stem the flows of im­ports.

SAPA meet­ings and mem­ber res­o­lu­tions

The first round of SAPA Com­mit­tee meet­ings has al­most con­cluded. In March, the Egg and Broiler Or­gan­i­sa­tions will meet fol­lowed by the SAPA Board meet­ing on 21 April. Dur­ing the Board meet­ing, res­o­lu­tions tabled by mem­bers for Congress are dis­cussed. Should you wish to ta­ble a res­o­lu­tion, please for­ward it to christo­pher@sapoul­try.co.za.

Oper­a­tion Phak­isa to trans­form agri­cul­tural sec­tor

The gov­ern­ment has un­veiled the Oper­a­tion Phak­isa seg­ment that fo­cuses on agri­cul­ture, land re­form and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment. This seg­ment is meant to en­hance and trans­form the agri­cul­tural sec­tor while ac­cel­er­at­ing land re­form. The pro­gramme was un­veiled by Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma in Rood­e­plaat, Pre­to­ria, un­der the theme ‘Trans­form­ing the Agri­cul­tural Sec­tor to­wards an In­clu­sive Ru­ral Econ­omy’.

The pro­gramme will re­view ex­ist­ing pro­ducer sup­port mod­els and de­velop fi­nance mod­els aimed at fast-track­ing land re­form, given the ur­gent need for gov­ern­ment to make progress in food se­cu­rity. The pro­gramme seeks to ad­dress con­straints in en­sur­ing eq­ui­table ac­cess to land, both to­wards eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and agrar­ian trans­for­ma­tion.

“As I men­tioned in the State of the Na­tion Ad­dress, gov­ern­ment will pur­sue a num­ber of pro­grammes this year aimed to­wards land re­form and land re­dis­tri­bu­tion, all within the Con­sti­tu­tion of the coun­try,” said Pres­i­dent Zuma. “We have no doubt that this land­mark Oper­a­tion Phak­isa on agri­cul­ture, land re­form and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment will as­sist us in this re­gard.”

In prepa­ra­tion for the launch, the DAFF and the Depart­ment of Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and Land Re­form em­barked on a six-month con­sul­ta­tion process on the Oper­a­tion Phak­isa Lab. The lab, which con­sti­tutes rep­re­sen­ta­tives from gov­ern­ment, aca­demic and re­search in­sti­tu­tions as well as busi­ness, or­gan­ised labour, pri­vate sec­tor and non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions, has fi­nalised 27 ini­tia­tives across seven work streams. These in­clude land re­form, ru­ral de­vel­op­ment, labour, grains, live­stock, hor­ti­cul­ture and pro­ducer sup­port.

These work streams, ac­cord­ing to the pres­i­dency, will as­sist in op­ti­mis­ing the man­age­ment of nat­u­ral re­sources, de­vel­op­ing skills and ca­pac­ity in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor, stim­u­late fund­ing and fi­nance, value chain de­vel­op­ment and mar­ket ac­cess, co­or­di­na­tion and knowl­edge man­age­ment as well as re­con­fig­ur­ing space and pro­mot­ing func­tional ru­ral set­tle­ment.

The Oper­a­tion Phak­isa pro­gramme is mod­elled around the Malaysian Big Fast Re­sults method­ol­ogy. It is used by the gov­ern­ment to in­ten­sively fo­cus on a par­tic­u­lar sec­tor, bring­ing to­gether gov­ern­ment, busi­ness, labour, and academia to dis­sect and find so­lu­tions to de­liv­ery prob­lems. The pro­gramme has suc­cess­fully been im­ple­mented in ed­u­ca­tion, health, and the ocean econ­omy.¡

This is an edited ver­sion of an ar­ti­cle that first ap­peared on the Biz­com­mu­nity web­site on 24 Fe­bru­ary 2017

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