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
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.
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.
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