Port Regulations Can be a Double-Edged Sword

28 March 2024, Paul Matthew, Business Day In this article, we are explaining the vital role Government regulations play in ensuring a fair, safe, and sustainable food sector, and ensuring that business is compliant with standards set out by the country’s laws. Yet if they are implemented without the accompanying measures to mitigate unintended consequences, […]

DALRRD_ Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak report: 07 December 2023

Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak report South Africa experienced three outbreak events in the period from March 2022 to present. o Outbreak event 1: SAT 2 serotype in KwaZulu-Natal and Free State o Outbreak event 2: SAT 3 serotype in Limpopo and Gauteng o Outbreak event 3: SAT 3 serotype in North West, Gauteng, Mpumalanga […]

Still no support for local industry in wake of bird flu outbreak

29 November 2023, Moneyweb, Amanda Visser Government’s promises to assist the local poultry industry following the avian flu outbreak earlier this year have yet to materialise. The outbreak led to the culling of millions of birds, which caused a reduction of 30% in the production of hatching eggs. Deputy President Paul Mashatile promised a support […]

DALRRD_Avian Influenza: H5 and H7 outbreak update report: 4 November 2023

Avian Influenza: H5 and H7 outbreak update report: Overview of the new HPAI H5 event Sequencing data that became available in April 2023, indicated that a new strain of HPAI H5N1 was introduced in November 2022 in the Free State Province. It was decided to report this outbreak and any future HPAI H5 outbreaks as […]

DALRRD_ Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak report: 31 October 2023

Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak report South Africa experienced three outbreak events in the period from March 2022 to present. o Outbreak event 1: SAT 2 serotype in KwaZulu-Natal and Free State o Outbreak event 2: SAT 3 serotype in Limpopo and Gauteng o Outbreak event 3: SAT 3 serotype in North West, Gauteng, Mpumalanga […]

Paul Matthew: SA’s poultry producers and importers are stronger together

24 November 2023,  Business Day, Paul Matthew Bird flu is likely to become the new normal in SA, so we need to make sure we are looking beyond the current crisis. Much like our rugby world champions, we believe that when we are facing a challenge we are stronger together. We believe this is the […]

A temporary rebate on chicken import duties will be an important pro-poor step

09 November 2023, Daily Maverick, Lawrence Edwards and Jing Chien The domestic poultry industry is facing an unprecedented crisis. The outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) from April 2023, including the difficult-to-control H7N6 strain, has led to the culling of more than 7.5 million birds, resulting in egg shortages on supermarket shelves. In a […]