Or­gan­i­sa­tion MAT­TERS

M em­ber­ship, levies, code of prac­tice and trans­for­ma­tion

The Poultry Bulletin - - ORGANISATION MATTERS - Dr Char­lotte Nkuna

Avi Africa 2017 is upon us. As we re­flect on the past year, we do so with some­what of a sense of relief that things seem to be on the up-turn. 2016 Was a very dif­fi­cult year for most pro­duc­ers, what with very high feed prices, record level im­ports and a dif­fi­cult eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment for the whole of South Africa. The farm­ing com­mu­nity is known for its tenac­ity and stay­ing power, and for be­ing able to sur­vive un­der very dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances. My hope is

Tthat most of the farm­ers have made it to 2017 and will for the bet­ter part of this year, fo­cus on get­ting back on their feet and back on the road to re­cov­ery.

In 2016 and the first part of 2017, we spent most of the egg li­ai­son and trans­for­ma­tion ef­forts on the fol­low­ing is­sues:

Mem­ber re­cruit­ment

his has been a very dif­fi­cult task as most of the SAPA mem­bers have some­what de­cided that they do not need a rep­re­sen­ta­tive body to speak on their be­half. How­ever, you would have no­ticed that most stake­hold­ers, par­tic­u­larly govern­ment de­part­ments, do not en­gage with in­di­vid­u­als but rather pre­fer en­gag­ing through rep­re­sen­ta­tive bod­ies. To this end, govern­ment has con­tin­ued to use SAPA as a ve­hi­cle to­wards achiev­ing most of their goals within the poul­try in­dus­try.

SAPA un­der­stands the need to have most pro­duc­ers be­ing in­side the sta­ble rather than out­side. As such, we have con­tin­ued to cam­paign and en­gage with pro­duc­ers to en­tice them to re­join the as­so­ci­a­tion. We are con­fi­dent that if we con­tinue with the drive to re­cruit mem­bers, we will soon re­al­ize the de­sired out­comes. SAPA be­longs to its mem­bers, and the ac­tiv­i­ties that the sec­re­tariat em­bark on are de­ter­mined by the mem­bers. There­fore, if the SAPA em­ploy­ees are not fo­cus­ing on the right ac­tiv­i­ties, the mem­bers have ev­ery right to change the di­rec­tion of their fo­cus.

Im­prov­ing the fi­nan­cial state of the Egg Or­gan­i­sa­tion

Since the end of the statu­tory levy, SAPA has been fi­nanced by vol­un­tary con­tri­bu­tions from its mem­bers. Since the mem­ber­ship has shrunk sig­nif­i­cantly, the con­tri­bu­tions have been in­suf­fi­cient to cover the ba­sic func­tions for the mem­bers. SAPA there­fore em­barked on a cost sav­ing ex­er­cise and only the very ba­sic ac­tiv­i­ties were un­der­taken. SAPA con­tin­ues to pro­vide statis­tics, dis­eases man­age­ment, train­ing, govern­ment and other stake­holder li­aisons and many other ser­vices to its mem­bers. This how­ever is not sus­tain­able and sooner or later the Egg Or­ga­ni­za­tion mem­bers will have to make some very tough de­ci­sions.

It is for this rea­son that SAPA ap­proached the Na­tional Agri­cul­ture Mar­ket­ing Coun­cil (NAMC) to es­tab­lish whether it was fea­si­ble to ap­ply for an egg only levy. The NAMC agreed to the re­quest, how­ever, they still re­quire that SAPA demon­strate the level of the sup­port that will be con­vinc­ing to the min­is­ter to grant such a re­quest. The re­quired min­i­mum is 66% of the hen pop­u­la­tion. We urge pro­duc­ers to sup­port the levy so that SAPA can con­tinue to speak and act on your be­half.

Re­vi­sion of the Code of Prac­tice

The SAPA board man­dated a small com­mit­tee to re­view and up­date the Code of Con­duct. At the same time, the South African Bureau of Stan­dards (SABS) set up a Wel­fare Stan­dards com­mit­tee to write the wel­fare codes for poul­try. The SABS com­mit­tee were us­ing the SAPA Code of Prac­tice as the source doc­u­ment for the stan­dards. Two sec­tions were of sig­nif­i­cance to the egg pro­duc­ers, namely the cage sizes and beak trim­ming.

Beak trim­ming turned out not to be an is­sue, as all chick pro­duc­ers trim the beaks at lower than ten days. How­ever, the cage sizes mat­ter re­mains a crit­i­cal→

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