A Page in Time
Loudest voices are heard last
We have become accustomed to the fact that the harder things become, the stronger and louder becomes the ranting’s and ravings against organisations, government departments and other authorities. This is done by those who, when things are going well or even normally, are most silent.
Too much is left to too few. The heavy burden, and indeed it is a heavy one, to keep the poultry industry on an even keel, by which we of course mean the maintenance of a reasonable return for the efficient producer, weighs heavily upon the shoulders of the few nationally minded individuals who work unstintingly for the common good.
Year after year in the councils of the Association, as well as in other local bodies scattered throughout the country, men and women spend their personal time in debating matters to protect and help their fellow poultry men.
It is not only of academic interest – if only it was so – but too far reaching to overlook, that the greatest critics, and even at times accusers of the Association of lethargy on particular aspects, come from the ranks of those who seldom, if ever, put their case personally before the Annual Conference of the Association, or even make any efforts to get their problem onto the agendas of the annual general meetings of the relevant subsidiaries of the Association which take place on the two day before the Conference each year.
We can accuse them, in many cases, of not attending any of the meetings, even though they are held in their home province.
It is also noteworthy how seldom these arm-chair critics ever seek election onto any of the committees where they can also roll up their sleeves and assist. There are in fact over forty of these voluntary posts within the various committees of the S.A.P.A. from which they can choose to serve.
In this rather harsh censure, we exclude, and in fact, fully respect those who continue to seek nomination and election to boards and committees but fail through no fault of their own. In most cases they do pull their weight in some other capacity within the industry.
Poultry men are having a hard struggle and the indications are that conditions will become harder still. For this reason we suggest that full attention should be given to the forthcoming annual conference and general meetings which are to be held in Cape Town next April. Full details of these will be given in our next issue.
We openly invite, and in fact, urge everyone who wants a discussion on any subject concerning the Association and or the poultry industry to approach the affiliation of the S.A.P.A. of which they are a member and to submit their particular problem for inclusion on one or the other of the agendas.¡