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Egg-only levy ap­pli­ca­tion

SAPA con­tin­ues its en­gage­ments with the Na­tional Agri­cul­ture Mar­ket­ing Coun­cil (NAMC) to ini­ti­ate an eggonly levy. Since the last com­mu­ni­ca­tion, SAPA has re­ceived the bless­ings of pro­duc­ers ac­count­ing for over 12 mil­lion hens. This is a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber as it is close to 50% of na­tional pro­duc­tion. We are go­ing to em­bark on a last push to get more sup­port for the levy. When is­sues such as the pro­posed in­spec­tions arise, the in­dus­try needs to put up a united front and stand to­gether. The as­signee and cage size mat­ters have high­lighted the im­por­tance of hav­ing an in­dus­try voice. We hope that the pro­duc­ers will also see the ben­e­fits and sup­port the levy so a fair sys­tem is es­tab­lished to en­sure there is enough fund­ing to do the re­quired work for the ben­e­fit of all.

The In­ter­na­tional Egg Com­pet­i­tive­ness study

The Bu­reau for Food and Agri­cul­ture Pol­icy (BFAP) sent a re­quest for in­put to allow the South African egg in­dus­try to be in­cluded in the global com­pet­i­tive­ness study. In­put was re­ceived from two large pro­duc­ers and one small one. A fol­low up re­quest was sent from SAPA. We were hope­ful that a bet­ter re­sponse would be elicited. It is con­cern­ing that pro­duc­ers were not ex­cited about this op­por­tu­nity and there­fore didn’t re­spond pos­i­tively to the re­quest. SAPA will con­tinue to en­gage with BFAP, the Univer­sity of Wa­genin­gen, and pro­duc­ers to make sure that South African pro­duc­ers ben­e­fit from this ini­tia­tive.

The back­ground to the ini­tia­tive is that the Univer­sity of Wa­genin­gen con­ducts a global com­pet­i­tive­ness study of var­i­ous com­modi­ties. The South African broiler in­dus­try par­tic­i­pated in the pre­vi­ous study and the in­for­ma­tion has been used to dis­pel the be­liefs that the South African broiler in­dus­try is glob­ally un­com­pet­i­tive. SAPA re­quested that the South African egg in­dus­try be in­cluded in the egg study. The in­for­ma­tion will them be sent to Mr Peter van Horne at the Univer­sity of Wa­genin­gen to in­clude in his study. We be­lieve that that the study will be of great value to the egg in­dus­try.

Trans­for­ma­tion ac­tiv­i­ties

The SAPA Trans­for­ma­tion Com­mit­tee has been work­ing to find ways in which mean­ing­ful trans­for­ma­tion can be re­alised in the in­dus­try. There are large com­pa­nies who are look­ing to part­ner with smaller pro­duc­ers to ac­cel­er­a­tion trans­for­ma­tion. This part­ner­ships are a wel­come de­vel­op­ment be­cause SAPA is able to en­gage with fun­ders who will be able to fund part­ner­ships us­ing the strength of the large com­pa­nies. We be­lieve that these en­gage­ments will be mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial to both large and small pro­duc­ers, while ad­vanc­ing in­dus­try trans­for­ma­tion plans.

SAPA has been en­gag­ing with gov­ern­ment on be­half of the pro­duc­ers reg­u­larly in the past few years. One of the chal­lenges raised by gov­ern­ment at all the en­gage­ments is the lack of trans­for­ma­tion in the in­dus­try. We be­lieve that there many trans­for­ma­tion ini­tia­tives that pro­duc­ers are en­gag­ing in that SAPA is not made aware of. We have there­fore re­quested that you sent us your trans­for­ma­tion ac­tiv­i­ties for us to com­pile a re­port for gov­ern­ment. Please for­ward your ini­tia­tives to christo­pher@sapoul­¡

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