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Update: No new avian influenza outbreaks reported
Update: No new avian influenza outbreaks reportedArticle

Although no new outbreaks of avian influenza have been reported since the previously confirmed cases, South Africa's poultry and ostrich industries remain under national high alert with strict biosecurity measures in place...

30 Apr 2021

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Patel calls for partnerships in manufacturing sectorArticle

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel says South Africa must rebuild its manufacturing strength to be able to fully benefit from the opportunities in the BRICS markets...

30 Mar 2021

Have your say on draft guidelines for the poultry industry
Have your say on draft guidelines for the poultry industryArticle

The South African Bureau of Standards has called for comments on the draft South African Standard 1758 that focuses on the welfare of chickens...

19 Mar 2021

Renier de Wit, managing director, Gaia Fund Managers and Gaia Venture Capital Ltd.
SA's backbone industries and 12J investmentArticle

The country's economy contracted 6.1% in real terms in the third quarter of 2020 compared with the same period a year earlier, according to data from Statistics SA...

Renier de Wit 19 Feb 2021

Cost of soybeans will remain high for South Africa's poultry industry
Cost of soybeans will remain high for South Africa's poultry industryArticle

South Africa's quest to retool its poultry industry depends on increased soybean availability, a crucial ingredient in poultry feed manufacture...

Wandile Sihlobo 12 Feb 2021

Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2) - No more 'fowl' play
Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2) - No more 'fowl' playArticle

Ensuring the bacterial safety of poultry is essential and water is the most critical resource in the poultry broiler process. Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2) is a powerful disinfectant and is fast becoming one of the most effective solutions for optimal water treatment...

Issued by GO Content Lab 14 Dec 2020

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How West Africa economic partnership deals put the cart before the horseArticle

A free trade agreement, in its most basic sense, is an attempt by existing industries to find new markets. Their need to do this arises from industrialisation - that is, the process of developing sectors that attract high levels of protection in the international market...

Michael E Odijie 18 Nov 2020

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FairPlay releases online guide to poultry dumpingArticle

The guide is in an online format and provides information about dumping and predatory trade, as well as the impact of the trade measures South Africa implements to defend the industry...

17 Nov 2020

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Favourable weather may boost summer planting seasonArticle

South Africa's 2020/21 summer grain and oilseeds planting season should begin in areas with favourable weather and sufficient soil moisture soon...

Wandile Sihlobo 29 Sep 2020

Poultry industry pushes master plan progress post Covid
Poultry industry pushes master plan progress post CovidArticle

"It has been gratifying to achieve significant progress despite the huge logistical and financial implications of Covid-19, and now that the initial threat has abated somewhat, attention is being refocused very strongly on the Master Plan."

22 Sep 2020

Local poultry production shows moderate growth
Local poultry production shows moderate growthArticle

The production of South African poultry increased by 5% in the first eight months of 2020 when compared to the same period last year...

15 Sep 2020

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Using agriculture to help boost job creation, investment in MozambiqueArticle

Brazilian investors have expressed interest in Mozambique's agribusiness, given the agro-ecological potential and the promising opportunities that the country offers in this sector.

25 Aug 2020

New body to drive transformation in the poultry industry
New body to drive transformation in the poultry industryArticle

South Africa's black poultry producers are set to launch their own body to organise themselves into one voice for driving the transformation agenda in the industry. This follows years of no representation...

22 Jun 2020

Mpumalanga-based youth takes on poultry industry from ground up
Mpumalanga-based youth takes on poultry industry from ground upArticle

A recipient of seed funding through the Sasol I AM PRENEUR Programme, Khethiwe Promise Maseko is on the path to building one of the biggest chicken farming operations in her hometown...

17 May 2020

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Economic impact of Covid-19 on the meat industryArticle

The meat industry has been forced to come up with creative solutions throughout different value chains to combat the effects of this global pandemic...

Claudi Nortjé 8 May 2020

#LockdownSA: Poultry industry supports traders and communities
#LockdownSA: Poultry industry supports traders and communitiesArticle

"While we face an extended period of lockdown, our main priority remains to keep our workforces healthy and ensuring that we do what we can for food security in South Africa during this trying time."

17 Apr 2020

Increased tariffs on chicken imports necessary to protect local markets
Increased tariffs on chicken imports necessary to protect local marketsArticle

"The South African chicken industry is in trouble because imports have grabbed nearly 30% of the local market. Real protection for the local industry, and a spur to job creation, would be to limit imports to 10% of local sales."

13 Mar 2020

Poultry sector masterplan launch promises increased production, job creation
Poultry sector masterplan launch promises increased production, job creationArticle

"The masterplan is an industry framework that will ensure that chicken, which has become a staple protein in millions of local homes, will retain its place as South Africa's favourite food."

7 Nov 2019

Chicken meat imports dominate the South African poultry market
Chicken meat imports dominate the South African poultry marketArticle

South Africa's imports of chicken meat continue to increase as the local market is affected by high feed costs...

Natalie Berkhout 5 Nov 2019

Could plant vaccines save the poultry industry?
Could plant vaccines save the poultry industry?Article

The University of Pretoria (UP) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have successfully developed a vaccine against avian influenza using tobacco plants...

10 Oct 2019

Ministers, local industry bodies meet to get SA's poultry industry on track
Ministers, local industry bodies meet to get SA's poultry industry on trackArticle

The brewing confrontation between local chicken producers and importers of frozen chicken cuts about proposed punitive import tariffs has now been replaced with cooperation and a search for a definitive 'Chicken Master Plan' for the local market...

22 Aug 2019

Financial analysis promotes sustainable growth in agriculture
Financial analysis promotes sustainable growth in agricultureArticle

According to Nico Groenewald, head of agribusiness at Standard Bank, certain criteria that measure the effectiveness and sustainability of your farm can help to either sustain or even impede your financial growth, depending on how you utilise it...

2 Aug 2019

SA poultry farmers upskilled in farm, financial management
SA poultry farmers upskilled in farm, financial managementArticle

Over 240 small and disadvantaged South African poultry farmers have learned new business and financial management skills in a series of workshops by the World Poultry Foundation...

2 Aug 2019

SAPA responds to AMIE broiler chicken study
SAPA responds to AMIE broiler chicken studyArticle

The South African Poultry Association has responded to the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters study on the South African chicken industry, which has claimed that a decision to increase tariffs will have dire consequences for consumers.

30 Jul 2019

New study: Cutting chicken imports could spark large increases for consumers' accounts
New study: Cutting chicken imports could spark large increases for consumers' accountsArticle

The study finds that despite already high levels of trade protection, domestic producers have not increased production to meet growing demand...

26 Jul 2019

AMIE calls on government to keep poultry prices in reach of all South Africans
AMIE calls on government to keep poultry prices in reach of all South AfricansArticle

"The right of South Africans to access a prime source of dietary protein must outweigh the factional interests of sectors of the poultry producing industry."

14 Jun 2019

More transparency in the chicken industry - court action suspended
More transparency in the chicken industry - court action suspendedArticle

The Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE) and the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) have agreed to lift the veil of secrecy on 'confidential' documents on which the protectionist application on chicken imports is based, thereby averting a protracted court battle...

15 May 2019

No-deal Brexit and its impact on South African poultry
No-deal Brexit and its impact on South African poultryArticle

Britain's tortuous progress towards leaving the European Union presents an opportunity for South African poultry producers as post-Brexit trade deals are negotiated...

22 Mar 2019

Govt support for poultry industry must translate into policy and action - FairPlay
Govt support for poultry industry must translate into policy and action - FairPlayArticle

Last week's statement of government support for the South African poultry industry does not end the industry crisis caused by dumped imports. But it could mark the start of a new era of co-operation...

11 Mar 2019

New nitrogen removal technology reveals poultry manure potential for anaerobic digestion
New nitrogen removal technology reveals poultry manure potential for anaerobic digestionArticle

Colsen BV has developed a technology that overcomes the challenges of the high ammonia concentrations such that the value of poultry manure can be enhanced by creating renewable energy and fertilisers...

8 Jan 2019

Import tariffs increase encouraged to protect SA poultry sector
Import tariffs increase encouraged to protect SA poultry sectorArticle

Economists, trade unions and civic organisations including Fair Play and Proudly SA have added their support to a new application by the SA Poultry Association for a steep increase in import tariffs...

11 Dec 2018

Cognitive robots impact poultry sector
Cognitive robots impact poultry sectorArticle

Scientists have clinched funding from a €3m pot to develop cognitive robots for flexible agro-food technology, which could make a real difference in the poultry meat sector...

22 Nov 2018

Winners image supplied. Left to right: 2018 Galliova Awards winners – Abigail Donnelly (Broiler Champion), Liezl Vermeulen (Up-and-Coming Food Writer), Salomé Delport (Health Writer), and Margie Els-Burger (Egg Champion). 2018 Galliova Food Writer Justine Kiggen (absent).
SA-flavoured styling and writing shines at the 2018 Galliova AwardsArticle

There was a strong message to buy local at the 29th edition of the Galliova Awards for outstanding food and health writing...

Leigh Andrews 22 Oct 2018

Agricultural safeguard levy on poultry could impact SA consumers negatively
Agricultural safeguard levy on poultry could impact SA consumers negativelyArticle

The latest gazetted agricultural safeguard levy of 35.3% imposed on bone-in chicken cuts has raised concerns for the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters...

2 Oct 2018

Sovereign Foods, Cultiver enter BEE empowerment deal
Sovereign Foods, Cultiver enter BEE empowerment dealArticle

Sovereign said Cultiver can potentially realise a turnover of R659m over the next ten years. This, in turn, will set Cultiver on a path to become one of South Africa's largest 100% black-owned poultry hatching and rearing operations...

30 Aug 2018

Agribusiness Africa Conference: Agricultural investment in Africa remains strong despite challenges
Agribusiness Africa Conference: Agricultural investment in Africa remains strong despite challengesArticle

As agricultural trade continues to become ever more globalised, Africa farmers need to be given a fair chance to join global value chains...

7 Aug 2018

SA feed industry experiences 0.7% sales drop for 2017/18
SA feed industry experiences 0.7% sales drop for 2017/18Article

South African feed sales have achieved a smaller drop in sales for the 2017/18 Animal Feed Manufacturers' Association statistical year in comparison to the 6.2% drop in sales experienced in 2016/17...

30 Jul 2018

EU short-term outlook for poultry remains strong
EU short-term outlook for poultry remains strongArticle

Poultry production in the European Union (EU) rose by nearly 4% in the first quarter of the year due to fewer outbreaks of avian influenza and new poultry units coming on stream...

24 Jul 2018

Côte d'Ivoire gets its first taste of KFC
Côte d'Ivoire gets its first taste of KFCArticle

KFC opened up its first restaurant in Côte d'Ivoire on 23 May, continuing the fried chicken brand's steady expansion across the African continent.

Lauren Hartzenberg 5 Jun 2018

Challenges and opportunities as the fourth industrial revolution bring change to agriculture
Challenges and opportunities as the fourth industrial revolution bring change to agricultureArticle

Through the fourth industrial revolution's converging technologies, South Africa has the opportunity to become an early adopter, accelerating its agro-processing development...

8 May 2018

NWK considering to sell Opti Agri after R290m offer
NWK considering to sell Opti Agri after R290m offerArticle

NWK Limited is considering a proposal for its poultry and animal feed business, Opti Agri, as a going concern following a fixed offer from Country Bird Holdings...

8 May 2018

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Strict biosecurity recommended as winter brings renewed risk of bird flu outbreakArticle

Bird flu was thought to be largely under control. Reports last month of new cases on farms in the North West province and among seabirds along the Western Cape coastline, however, sparked fears that the bird flu epidemic might flare up again...

7 May 2018

Digitising integrated poultry
Digitising integrated poultryArticle

In the fast-moving, volatile and critical poultry industry, control over processes within various divisions and sites is essential...

Issued by Perfect Word 3 May 2018

US poultry producers visit SA
US poultry producers visit SAArticle

Members of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council met local business and new importers during a visit to South Africa last month...

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US poultry delegation scopes out opportunities in SA
US poultry delegation scopes out opportunities in SAArticle

The USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) hosted its international staff meeting in South Africa recently, bringing producer members to the country to explore opportunities...

13 Apr 2018

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Poultry farmers urged to watch out for avian fluArticle

DAFF has called on poultry farmers in coastal areas to be on high alert and improve their biosecurity amid fears of a fresh outbreak of the deadly avian flu after the spread of H5N8 avian flu to African penguins along the coast of the Western Cape...

Bekezela Phakathi 27 Mar 2018

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Scientists to turn chicken feathers into socksArticle

Nearly one billion broiler chickens were slaughtered locally in 2013, leaving behind a pile of nearly 240 million kg of feathers every year that was mainly dumped in landfill sites. To turn this mountain of feathers into something more valuable...

23 Mar 2018

Poultry producer Astral wants chicken to be VAT free
Poultry producer Astral wants chicken to be VAT freeArticle

Chicken should be exempt from value-added tax, poultry producer Astral said. The increase in VAT to 15% in April from the 14% it had been for the past 25 years would hurt consumers who relied on chicken for their main source of protein...

Robert Laing 16 Mar 2018

A chicken in every pot for Astral Foods
A chicken in every pot for Astral FoodsArticle

Astral Foods, the big bird of the JSE's poultry sector, seems set to wing its way to bumper profits in the half-year to March. The upbeat Astral trading statement confirms a vibrant trend in the local poultry sector...

Marc Hasenfuss 7 Mar 2018

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