POUL­TRY IN­DUS­TRY’S OUT­LOOK for 2019 cau­tiously op­ti­mistic

Farmer's Weekly (South Africa) - - Contents -

The South African broiler in­dus­try has had a good year, mainly on the back of low maize prices. As a re­sult, there has been sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in the in­dus­try and there are plans for fur­ther in­vest­ment, ac­cord­ing to Ziyanda Ma­jok­weni, act­ing gen­eral man­ager of the South African Poul­try As­so­ci­a­tion’s Broiler Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

She said some of the chal­lenges faced by the in­dus­try that would re­main key risk ar­eas in 2019 were the im­por­ta­tion of cheap bone-in leg por­tions, the rand dol­lar ex­change rate, highly path­o­genic avian in­fluenza (HPAI), and the neg­a­tive per­cep­tion of food safety in South Africa cre­ated by the re­cent lis­te­rio­sis out­break. “Poul­try meat im­ports re­main high de­spite the ex­cel­lent com­pet­i­tive­ness of the South African broiler in­dus­try. Bone-in leg por­tions re­main the big­gest con­trib­u­tor to im­ported meat cuts at 73% of the [al­most] 229 700t up to Septem­ber 2018.

“Af­ter much ne­go­ti­a­tion, protest and wait­ing, the EU’s eco­nomic part­ner­ship agree­ment safe­guard [mea­sures] were pub­lished [and will take the form of a] 35,5% [tar­iff] from 28 Septem­ber 2018 to 11 March 2019; 30% from 12 March 2019 to 11 March 2020; 25% from 12 March 2020 to 11 March 2021; and 15% from March 2021 to 11 March 2022,” she ex­plained. Ma­jok­weni said pathogen re­duc­tion plans re­mained key in the man­age­ment of food-borne pathogens. In the past year, the in­dus­try had in­ves­ti­gated the pos­si­bil­ity of emer­gency vac­ci­na­tion as a tool to com­bat avian in­fluenza, she said.

She added that the in­dus­try also re­cently held work­shops to dis­cuss the de­part­ment of agri­cul­ture’s draft guide­lines for com­pli­ance with hy­giene con­trols and mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal food safety per­for­mance ob­jec­tives ac­cord­ing to the Meat Safety Act. The poul­try in­dus­try had com­mit­ted to as­sist the de­part­ment with de­vel­op­ing mean­ing­ful, mea­sur­able and im­pact­ful ob­jec­tives in 2019. – Siyanda Sishuba

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