June 2020

Johan van der Walt

Compartment system only insurance against disease outbreaks

The recent ASF outbreak again emphasised the important role of the compartment system in protecting our national pig herd against disease outbreaks. South African pig producers realise that they have to safeguard their valuable high health status. The compartment system is the most important measure that will ensure high biosecurity standards on our farms and the protection of our herds. If you are not yet participating, please do so. 

Johan van der Walt, Chairman, SAPPO

Nine things you should know about Tito Mboweni's budget

Finance minister Tito Mboweni on Wednesday afternoon presented the supplementary budget for the 2020/21 financial year, which was necessary after the impact of Covid-19. During his budget speech, minister Mboweni said that the country is facing a sovereign debt crisis if spending isn’t changed soon, and that debt to GDP will reach 106% by 2023 if nothing changes. He said his “Herculean” task is, therefore, “to close the mouth of the hippopotamus” by reducing expenditure and stabilising debt. Read more

Proff Johan Willemse

Supplementary budget is a shock, says Johan

We knew that the Government’s finances are in trouble and we explained the situation in this column after the announcement of the February budget. However, the supplementary budget delivered by the minister of finance on 24 June 2020, was a real shocker.

Read Prof Johan Willemse’s latest column.

Agri SA comments on special adjustment budget

Minister Mboweni’s special adjustment budget highlighted the need for action to avoid an impending sovereign debt crisis, i.e. when a country can no longer pay back the interest or principal on its borrowings. With higher government spending and lower tax revenue, the tax target for this year is likely to be missed by over R300 billion.
Read media release

CS Vet's Pic of the month

Congratulations to Brett Michau of Chalala 2 who is the winner of last 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.

Hier is ons bobaaskokke

Die varkbedryf se tuiskokke het behoorlik hulle voorskote aangetrek en gewys wat jy alles met varkvleis in die kombuis en oor die kole kan doen. Dankie aan almal wat deelgeneem het! Hier is ons wenners en die wenresep. Julle geskenkbewyse is op pad.

Vet app rolled out to all pig vets

SAPPO’s vet app has been rolled out to all active practicing pig veterinarians. The main aim of the app is to facilitate recording of passive disease surveillance data for the pig industry, says SAPPO’s Dr Peter Evans.
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BTA courses will also be online in future

SAPPO is updating and converting BTA course material into a format suitable for online presentation. The idea is to be able to pass on the same knowledge and experience, with visual material, to in part replace the need for learners to physically spend time at the BTA. A pilot video project to iron out issues that may occur is planned in the next couple of weeks.


The latest Porcus is now available online

Read more about:
• ASF is here to stay (but we can manage it)
• Managing high litter size from farrowing until weaning
• Betaine – a valuable additive in pig production
• Managing gut health for optimum productioView issue

SAPPO assisting with animal identification marks

SAPPO has already received a number of requests from farmers to assist with lost animal identification registration certificates. Anné Calitz, responsible for special projects at SAPPO, also assists to verify if the identification marks are still valid. Producers’ information is stored on the World of Pork platform. Contact her at anne@sapork.com.

Pilot project investigates traceability

SAPPO is conducting a pilot project with Lynca Meats to establish a traceability system for pork from farm to abattoir. The trail investigates the integration of the software, Meat Matrix, with SAPPO’s World of Pork platform. The trial will run for six weeks and six producers will participate.

Rookie student chefs challenge extended

The SA Culinary and Hospitality Educators Forum (SACHEF) joined forces with SAPPO during May to launch a recipe development competition for first year rookie chef students. 
Read more and view some of the pictures of the practical sessions.

Bake it in the bag

This week’s new pork recipe on the SA Pork Digital Recipe Club features the lazy cook’s way of ensuring a succulent pork roast. Using the bake-in-a-bag method to roast pork, consumers are guaranteed a no-nonsense feast that’s succulent and flavourful.
View it in Afrikaans or English

SA Pork’s campaign strategy is the correct one, says research study

With digital communication and advertising exploding, the research division of Media24 conducts a huge effectiveness study every second year. The purpose is to find correlations between different types of strategies and frequencies and effective brand lifts or brand uptake. The results of the most recent study were presented on 22 June, with good news for SAPPO. Read more

World of Pork: Improvements on the way

The World of Pork team is hard at work on improving the portal and planning new layouts that will be customised to each of the following types of users: Producers, veterinarians, abattoirs, processors, input suppliers, importers and exporters, public users and SAPPO.

Read more and view photograph

Covid-19 recovery is a chance to improve the African food system

The World Food Programme has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic could cause one of the worst food crises since World War II. It predicts a doubling of the number of people going hungry – more than half of them in sub-Saharan Africa.
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NERPO calls for the inclusion of the ‘missing middle farmers’ in Covid-19 relief

The National Emergent Red Meat Producers’ Organisation (NERPO) expressed concern about the failure of the government to effectively address the plight of small businesses in South Africa, particularly, the smallholder livestock farmers. Read more

Period for relief fund vouchers extended

The minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Thoko Didiza, announced the extension of the validity period for the Covid-19 agricultural relief fund vouchers issued to farmers for the collection of inputs from approved suppliers across the country.  Read media release

Agri SA calls for urgent investigation into problems with diesel

Agri SA is calling on government to launch an urgent inquiry into the continuous shortage of diesel to various industries. One of the key reasons is the continuous vandalism and theft of diesel by well-organised syndicates from the diesel supply lines from Durban to Johannesburg. This poses a serious challenge to Transnet who is responsible for managing and maintaining the pipeline. Read more

Sprawling urban development threatens livestock production in US

Two thousand acres of farmland are lost every day, increasing the pressure for farmers to grow more food on less land to feed a growing population. Low-density residential development claimed 7 million acres of agricultural land between 2001 and 2016. Read more

Albert Heijn introduces DNA traceability system for branded pork

Dutch retailer Albert Heijn has implemented the Beter Leven system for its branded pork products in response to growing consumer demand for greater transparency in the food chain.
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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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News on SAPPO's infohub

• SA’s agricultural trade expected to remain vibrant in 2020 despite lockdowns
• South Africa needs to focus urgently on how COVID-19 will reshape its labour market
• The impact of Covid-19 on food security in Africa
• SA’s privacy law kicks in this July – which means 373 days until your business gets fined
• How to achieve high sow welfare and low emissions
• Assessment of cleaning and disinfection of pig transport vehicles: Visual inspection
• African swine fever research collaborations begin in Vietnam
• US frozen pork supplies in record fall as the coronavirus raises meat prices
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Feedback on last week's Weekly Update

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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