It seems that the fight against Covid-19 is going to be a marathon and not a sprint. We will have to adjust to the situation and face the facts. I have learned many lessons from the Listeriosis saga two years ago. One is that we are blessed to have farmers with extensive wisdom and the ability to make plans. We will also get through this.
Watch Johann Kotzé, SAPPO CEO’s message of inspiration.
Organised agriculture still meets regularly to discuss relevant and practical issues with the department of agriculture, land reform and rural development’s director general about Covid-19. SAPPO’s Johann Kotzé is a member of the committee.
The economy will shrink by 6 -10% during 2020 and household income and spending will also shrink significantly, resulting in a reset in the food market and the choices consumers will make on food spending, also towards pork and other protein products. The sharp drop in prices of pork is an example.
Read Prof Johan Willemse’s latest column on the economy.
Although the delivering of pigs from farms to abattoirs are running smoothly, abattoirs don’t always accept a farmers’ full consignment. Marketing remains under pressure, says SAPPO’s Dr Peter Evans.
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The World of Pork (WoP)’s new trade report (incorporating import and export figures) were well received by producers and other interested parties, says Isabel Bröcker who heads SAPPO’s Business Intelligence division. Click here for the latest report.
Johann Kotzé, SAPPO’s CEO, participated in a virtual discussion about the meat industry this week. The panel also included Marthinus Stander, CEO, Country Bird Holdings, Dewald Olivier, CEO, The South African Feedlot Association and Dr Danie Odendaal, founder and director of Veterinarian Network (V-Net). Watch discussion
SAPPO’s business development managers (BDMs) remain in daily contact with their clients to stay in touch with what is happening on the ground. The BDMs made more that 100 calls to small farmers since lockdown. Market uncertainty remains a major challenge for them during lockdown, with some experiencing theft and attempted theft in the name of better prices. Farmers are advised to be cautious of fake marketers trying to take advantage of the current situation, says Kgadi Senyatsi, who heads the division.
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The SAPPO staff is working from home during lockdown. We are continuing with all our regular projects and we are constantly designing new plans to do our work in the digital space. The team and the various portfolio committees also regularly meet via Teams. SAPPO is also busy with plans to gradually open the SAPPO office over the next weeks.
SAPPO has partnered with Food Lovers Markets to offer pork at very favourable prices to consumers on television and national radio stations next week. “We welcome Food Lovers’ initiative to lower their pork prices and to offer great value to cash-poor consumers at this stage of the national lockdown,” says SAPPO’s Marieta Human, SAPPO’s marketing manager.
Agriculture received some positive news this week. It was the further upward revision to the country’s crops estimates with the South Africa’s Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) pegging the 2019/20 crop 17.52 million tons of grain and oilseed crops, which is up 2.6% from March and 31.3% higher year-on-year (y/y). Paul Makube, Senior Agricultural economist at FNB Agri-Business, explains. Read more
The most needy in agricultural rural communities will receive food relief under the Agri Value Chain Relief Project, a project initiated and coordinated by the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz) in collaboration with Grain SA. Read more
The phased or risk-adjusted approach to lift the current national lockdown is welcome news for the agricultural sector, especially those industries mostly affected by the Covid-19 lockdown, says Dawie Maree, head of Information and Marketing at FNB Agriculture.
A Land Bank failure could expose the country to a substantial risk with dire consequences for commercial farmers, job creation and food security and should be avoided at all cost. Nicol Jansen of Agri SA discusses the consequences.
The extent of the impact of the coronavirus on US meat processing facilities has been highlighted by a workers’ union. According to the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, more tan 5 000 meatpacking workers have been directly affected by the virus as well as 1 500 for processing workers. Read more
US meat processing plants will have to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic under Executive Order from the american President Donald Trump, reported Aidan Fortune of GlobalMeatnews.com yesterday.
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New articles (among others) on SAPPO’s infohub
• COVID-19: Stats SA speeds up the monitoring of consumer prices
• Tackling inequality and helping the poor a priority in post-pandemic world
• Will Covid-19 structurally change the agricultural labour market?
• Advice on successful weaner pig management
• #Covid19: Global food crises report reveals impact on vulnerable countries
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