Train­ing & DE­VEL­OP­MENT

The Poultry Bulletin - - TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT -

Wel­come to the Avi Africa edi­tion of the Poul­try Bul­letin. Time is fly­ing with half the year al­ready gone; it seems like just the other day I was wish­ing ev­ery­one all the best for 2017. Your SAPA team has been hard at work en­sur­ing you ex­pe­ri­ence a su­perb Avi Africa 2017. This year prom­ises to be great, with all ex­hi­bi­tion stands sold. We have an in­for­ma­tive line up of ex­pert speak­ers who will be able to share their ex­per­tise on a va­ri­ety of top­ics.

Avi Africa 2017

To whet your ap­petite, some of this year’s top­ics in­clude trans­form­ing the in­dus­try - my jour­ney; we are just an­other African coun­try; op­por­tu­ni­ties for sup­port­ing and fi­nanc­ing de­vel­op­ing trans­for­ma­tion; the hid­den mar­ket; re­cent ad­vances in breeder min­eral nu­tri­tion; and lo­cal is lekker.

Other pre­sen­ta­tions will cover ex­port re­quire­ments for poul­try ex­port; grain mar­kets - the next 12-18 months; un­lock­ing the full po­ten­tial of poul­try ma­nure; cli­mate change; water ef­fi­ciency; en­vi­ron­men­tal health feed­back; and the truth about food. Also on the list are ven­ti­la­tion; EIA - En­vi­ron­men­tal Frame­work; the SA econ­omy and the way for­ward; six prin­ci­ples of lead­er­ship; and sav­ing the in­dus­try

Vet­eri­nary ses­sion

This ses­sion will cover re­search to sup­port H6 in­fluenza and New­cas­tle dis­ease con­trol in SA; re­mov­ing H6 from the flock; max­imis­ing the ben­e­fits of Sero­log­i­cal Mon­i­tor­ing and Re­port­ing; and the im­por­tance of E.coli and the re­la­tion­ship be­tween

time with you dis­cussing your var­i­ous sup­ply needs.

AGMS

To our val­ued SAPA mem­bers, a re­minder that on the first day we host the Egg Or­gan­i­sa­tion AGM, the Broiler AGM and the SAPA AGM. Your par­tic­i­pa­tion in the AGMS is cru­cial. Should you not be able to make any of the AGMS please could you en­sure that you com­plete the proxy which will be posted out on the 23 May in or­der for your voice to be heard and so these meet­ings will be quo­rate.

I look for­ward to see­ing you at AVI Africa this year and cer­tainly be­lieve that you will de­rive ben­e­fit from at­tend­ing.

Fraud up­date

Iam happy to re­port that I re­ceived news that one of the pro­lific on­line scam­mers re­spon­si­ble for de­fraud­ing nu­mer­ous peo­ple has been ar­rested and will be ap­pear­ing in court. I shall keep you in­formed of the progress of this case as it un­folds.

Science bud­get to un­lock hu­man po­ten­tial

Science and Tech­nol­ogy Min­is­ter Naledi Pan­dor says her de­part­ment will use a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of its 2017/18 bud­get to de­velop hu­man cap­i­tal and mod­ernise re­search in­fra­struc­ture. The de­part­ment has a to­tal al­lo­ca­tion of R7.5 bil­lion for this fi­nan­cial year.

“Science, tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion are key to eq­ui­table eco­nomic growth, un­der­pin­ning eco­nomic ad­vances and im­prove­ments in health sys­tems, ed­u­ca­tion and in­fra­struc­ture,” Pan­dor said on Tues­day at a me­dia brief­ing ahead of tabling her Bud­get Vote in Cape Town. She said in­ter­na­tion­ally, science, tech­nol­ogy and re­lated in­no­va­tions are recog­nised as fu­ture sources of eco­nomic growth, with the po­ten­tial to cre­ate new types of jobs, and pro­vide new so­lu­tions to prob­lems trap­ping peo­ple in poverty, such as poor health and water short­ages.

She said the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan (NDP) notes that devel­op­ments in science, tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion (STI) fun­da­men­tally al­ter the way peo­ple live, com­mu­ni­cate and trans­act, with pro­found ef­fects on eco­nomic growth and de­vel­op­ment.

“The NDP ar­gues that coun­tries that are able to tackle poverty ef­fec­tively by grow­ing economies that are char­ac­terised by strong ca­pa­bil­i­ties in STI, and ac­knowl­edge the role that STI can play in ad­dress­ing the in­ter­linked chal­lenges of poverty, un­em­ploy­ment and in­equal­ity,” the Min­is­ter said.

Pan­dor said her de­part­ment has sharp­ened its fo­cus on the ways in which its work and the work of the broader na­tional sys­tem of in­no­va­tion can con­trib­ute to ad­dress­ing South Africa’s most press­ing chal­lenges.

“The DST adds value to the ef­forts of the rest of govern­ment and in­dus­try to im­ple­ment the NDP by pro­vid­ing cut­ting-edge science and tech­nol­ogy to en­able ef­fec­tive de­ci­sion-mak­ing,” she said.

Pan­dor said her de­part­ment will en­sure that at least 80% of post­grad­u­ate stu­dents re­ceiv­ing sup­port through the Na­tional Re­search Foun­da­tion (NRF) bur­sary pro­gramme are black, 55% are women and 4% are peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

“Guide­lines are in place to achieve this through the bur­sary and re­search sup­port pro­grammes, and the ef­fi­cacy of these guide­lines will be mon­i­tored and eval­u­ated an­nu­ally to en­sure the re­al­i­sa­tion of these goals,” she said.¡ This is an edited ver­sion of an ar­ti­cle was first pub­lished by Sanews.gov.za

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