Ed­i­tors NOTE

The Poultry Bulletin - - EDITORS NOTE - By Cameron Macken­zie

Galliova’s come and gone, and once again, lo­cal food writ­ers were de­lighted with this an­nual event that recog­nises all the work they do. You can share the ex­cite­ment of the day by flipping to our Out and About pages.

On the sub­ject of eggs and healthy eat­ing, our In­ter­na­tional News sec­tion car­ries a story on one of the old­est peo­ple in the world who lives on just two eggs a day. If ever there was proof that eggs are good for you, here it is. That said, don’t take our word for it. Our Nu­tri­tion News up­date fea­tures re­search find­ings that show eggs are great for help­ing com­bat car­dio­vas­cu­lar disease and type 2 di­a­betes.

Given the bak­ing heat wave we’ve been suf­fer­ing over the last few weeks, of spe­cial in­ter­est to our small­holder or back­yard pro­duc­ers is a piece on hot weather and its ef­fect on egg pro­duc­tion. Take a lit­tle time out to read this and you could save a bun­dle in the long run.

South Africa is one of the world’s most un­pro­tected agri­cul­tural mar­kets - and there is cer­tainly a short­age of sub­si­dies or grants to as­sist our farm­ers and boost their pro­duc­tion and mar­kets. In stark con­trast, the EU is spend­ing R1,5 bil­lion to boost theirs. Will our govern­ment take note, espe­cially when our pro­duc­ers are be­ing asked to com­pete with in­ter­na­tional ones on a sup­posed level play­ing field!

If you read noth­ing else, take a look at Dr Char­lotte Nkuna’s Or­gan­i­sa­tion Mat­ters col­umn. There is some crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion on the govern­ment’s planned in­ter­ven­tions aimed at boost­ing the con­cept of an in­clu­sive econ­omy in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor. As Kevin has al­luded to in his col­umns be­fore, it is a na­tional im­per­a­tive to create an econ­omy where all South Africans par­tic­i­pate and are free to do so.

Lastly, we’d like to echo SAPA’S con­grat­u­la­tions to Broiler Or­gan­i­sa­tion Com­mit­tee mem­ber Ma­bel Moth­lale of Warrenton Su­per Chicken in the North­ern Cape who won DAFF’S ‘Top En­tre­pre­neur Pro­cess­ing’ award. All power to our pro­duc­ers!¡

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