July 2020

Don’t miss our webinars

SAPPO is adjusting to the “new normal” and we are planning four webinars before the end of the year. They promise to keep producers and other stakeholders up to date, not only about SAPPO’s activities, but also on what is happening in the rest of the world.

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Digital publication will give feedback on past year’s activities

SAPPO is producing a digital publication that will be released during its webinar on 2 September (see report above). The publication will discuss and show, among others, what SAPPO’s portfolio committees did the past year.

Proff Johan Willemse

Economic recession: Some guidelines

It is evident that the economy is in a deep recession and most economists project that the economy will shrink by at least 10% in 2020. Unemployment will increase towards 35%. Food demand and meat demand will also be affected negatively. 

Read Prof Johan Willemse’s latest column.

What is the outlook for the global pork industry up to 2029?

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – Food and Agriculture Organization (OECD – FAO)’s Global Agricultural Outlook (2020-2029) was recently released. 

Read what is predicted for the global pork industry between 2020 and 2029.

TLU SA invites South Africans to walk virtually against crime

TLU SA invites all South Africans to take part in a virtual protest march against farm attacks with a campaign launched today.

 The farmers of South Africa are of vital importance. They have the particular knowledge and expertise to farm in a marginal agriculture country to produce food for our tables. They are viewed as some of the best farmers in the world. South African farmers continue making plans; through drought, through lockdown, through attacks.
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Thoko condemns farm murders

Minister Thoko Didiza, says she has learnt with shock about the triple murder on a farm in Magogong, outside Hartswater in the Northern Cape. “On behalf of the agricultural sector I wish to convey our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the victims.” 

Read the minister’s statement.

CS Vet's Pic of the month

Congratulations to Dolf Bam of weGrow Farming who is the winner of this month’s CS Vet’s Pic of the Month. A cash prize of R500 sponsored by CS Vet is on its way. Send your entries for our next issue to: derick@greenpepper.biz.

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Pork belly was advertised on TV at R69 kg from 20 – 26 July. Well-known chef and television celebrity, Pete Goffe-Wood is promoting his favourite winter comfort food, pork belly of course, in FLM’s latest television advertisement. 

Impressive growth in pork sales, say Food Lovers’ management

SAPPO representatives recently met with senior management of Food Lovers’ Market (FLM) in the Western Cape. According to the FLM meat category representatives their strategy of passing favourably low pork prices on to consumers has paid off handsomely. “Pork sales have grown incredibly well in most of our stores since the outbreak of Covid-19 and our constant great pork offerings on TV was undoubtedly a major contributing factor,” said a FLM representative.

Varkvleis verkoop soos 'soetkoek' in Klerksdorp

Chris Muller van Inhoek Varkboerdery naby Leeudoringstad, sê Food Lover’s Market in Klerksdorp het behoorlik uitgehang tydens die winkel se spesiale aanbieding op varkvleis. Die uitstalling was van hoogstaande gehalte en varkvleis het behoorlik soos soetkoek verkoop, sê Chris. 

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SA Pork becomes the food pillar in annual iconic digital campaign

Media24 has taken the lead a few years ago to nurture and grow pride in South Africa. Every year, from August to end of October, a digital heritage campaign is implemented to celebrate everything that is great about the country’s rich and varied cultural heritage. South African Pork will play a major role in this year’s campaign.

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Look after your herds

“It is often common that once the storm has calmed, we also relax and forget of preparing for the possible future storms. Because no recent African Swine Fever outbreaks have been reported, this does not mean herd health must also be forgotten,” says Kgadi Senyatsi who heads SAPPO’s Business Development division.

Read more and view SAPPO’s biosecurity guidelines and ASF prevention measures.

Stock theft becomes problem for small farmers in the Western Cape

Although stock theft has been an ongoing problem for small farmers in the Western Cape, it has increased significantly since the Covid-19 outbreak in South Africa in March, says Dr Cilliers Louw of SAPPO in the Western Cape. “People are losing their jobs and they are hungry while small farmers’ markets remain small,” he says. Small farmers are currently rebuilding their herds. They are also improving their pig housing, he says. View photographs

Why African countries are reluctant to take up Covid-19 debt relief

A debt service relief package has been approved by some of the world’s biggest lenders for more than 25 African countries. The arrangement includes the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the G20, the African Development Bank, and all Paris Club creditors.
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Restaurants and taverns collapse: Hospitality industry desperate to stave off disaster

Despair is mounting as the collapse of South Africa’s restaurant and tavern industry begins to accelerate, shedding thousands of jobs along the way. The government appears remote and uninterested. The Perseverance Tavern on Buitenkant Street in Cape Town, reportedly the oldest pub in the country, is the latest to close its doors as the lockdown claims another scalp in the hospitality industry. Read more

South Africa faces mass hunger if efforts to offset impact of COVID-19 are eased

When South Africa entered a hard lockdown on 27 March, the government was globally recognised for taking tough steps to “flatten the curve” and keep Covid-19 infections low. Four months on, our research, using data from a broader national survey, shows large groups of households are experiencing tremendous hardship as a direct result of the lockdown.
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Covid-19: An opportunity to reimagine a more sustainable future

We need to envisage a way to a more sustainable future that does not simply replace one economic elite with another. This requires political and social will between trusting partners.
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German farrowing crate rule pressures UK sector

Cost and productivity concerns have reignited in the UK pig sector after farrowing crate rule changes were made in Germany last week. German farmers were told they have 15 years to cut farrowing crate times from 35 to just five days as part of a tranche of new German pig welfare guidelines.
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Why Covid-19 relief should include USA agricultural fairs

State and county fairs are a major source of promotion for U.S. agriculture. With the many cancellations of fairs across the country, Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) urged House leadership on Wednesday to include strong support for state and county agricultural fairs in the next COVID-19 relief package. Read more

New cell line rapidly detects African swine fever virus

Scientists have identified a new way to detect the presence of live African swine fever virus (ASFV) that minimizes the need for samples from live animals and provides easier access to veterinary labs that need to diagnose the virus, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Read more

Taiwan pork exports can resume with FMD-free status

Taiwan has regained its status of being free from Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) without vaccination. That means that the island can start exporting pork products again.
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Modelling ASF spread and persistence in wild boar in contrasting European scenarios

A combination of culling and infected carcass removal is the most effective method to eradicate the virus without also eradicating the host population, and that early implementation of these control measures will reduce infection levels. Read more

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• Latest state of the agricultural sector in South Africa’ economy
• The biggest threat to farmers and food security is rising farm debt
• Negative outlook for agri employment, despite good harvests
• How Earth’s plastic pollution problem could look by 2040
• This is how rural areas can be developed through agriculture
• There’s no need to reinvent the wheel to boost growth in agriculture
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