March 2020

Traceability: SAPPO’s strategy may differ from those of others

SAPPO’s take and strategy about traceability does not necessarily agree with those of other role players. You can’t have a successful traceability system if you do not have traceable data, says Johann Kotzé CEO of SAPPO. Watch video.

SAPPO 2020 Expo postponed

SAPPO’s Expo, which was planned for September this year, has been postponed until next year. SAPPO’s Board is investigating ways to continue with this year’s AGM

World-class operation profits from ethically produced pigs

Lloyd Phillips of Farmer’s Weekly did a profile on Butt Farming In KwaZulu-Natal. The Butt family has left large footprints in the South African pig industry. Stephen Butt (photograph) is SAPPO’s vice-chairman. Read article

Here is the latest ASF update

The National Animal Health Forum posted the latest African swine fever update on its website.
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Proff Johan Willemse

Not a time to take risks

The situation is not good and we can expect that consumers will also change their buying patterns during the next few weeks. It was interesting to note that during the panic buying the last week-it was chicken meat that was sold out, followed by pork, while the more expensive meat remained on the shelves.
Read Prof Johan Willemse’s latest column on the economy.

Team SAPPO working from home

The SAPPO staff is ready to continue its tasks and projects from home. We are linked with the system, Teams (which works like Skype), and we will all be in regular contact. Projects such as training and the marketing of pork will be conducted digitally for the time being.

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COVID-19 regulations amended

Agbiz’ weekly e-newsletter contains valuable information about various agricultural and related issues. Read about the COVID-19 amended regulations and multiple directives issues in today’s edition.
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CS Vet's Pic of the month

Congratulations to Chris Muller of Inhoek Boerdery who is the winner of last month’s CS Vet’s Pic of the Month. A cash prize of R500 sponsored by CS Vet, as well as a goody bag from SAPPO, is on its way. Send your entries for our next issue to

Pork in the kitchen during the next four weeks

The SA Pork Value-for-Money digital campaign is now live. Almost 7 million digital consumers will be able to view the messages on MoveDrumYouHuisgenoot and Kuier over the next four weeks.
Read more and view campaigns

Agriculture, a strategic sector, must now be alert and safe

Agri SA and TLU SA calls on their members to be more alert, and on the police to maintain visibility in rural areas during this time. As agricultural organisations, we realise that the police are currently under enormous pressure, therefore, both organisations undertook to cooperate with the police to ensure that the agricultural sector can continue producing food within a safe environment during this time.
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The do's and don'ts during the national lockdown

Police Minister Bheki Cele has warned any person who contravenes the regulations of the nationwide lockdown from midnight on Thursday will be guilty of a criminal offence and will be liable to a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months, or both.
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When pigs have to move

Government has not indicated a permit system, but as an industry we have proposed to minister Didiza that a self-regulating system be implemented. This will entail a letter of authority, signed by the CEO and with the employee’s name and ID number, says Johann Kotzé SAPPO CEO.
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Agri SA's tips for safe workplaces during COVID-19

Please find attached Agri SA’s tips for safe workplaces during COVID-19 in nine of South Africa’s eleven official languages. These guidelines can be considered for publication in print media as well as social media use. Read more

Governments have not aligned their trade and medical policy responses to coronavirus

Not every nation produces the medical supplies needed to tackle the Coronavirus. Those that do can still face shortages as health care systems come under pressure. Since it is central to sourcing from aboard, trade policy should face additional scrutiny.
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SA has adequate food supplies in the face of COVID-19 national disaster

The fears about the potential disruptions that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) could cause global supply chains have raised questions of whether South Africa could experience food shortages in the near-to-medium term, says Wandile Sihlobo, senior economist of Agbiz.
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NAMPO postsponed

The 2020 NAMPO Harvest Day will be postponed to 11-14 August 2020, given that Government policies and guidelines permit the postponed date. Grain SA will evaluate and review the date by the end of June 2019 if necessitated by governmental regulations.

Coronavirus: Is it a food safety risk?

This free webinar will cover the new coronavirus causing COVID-19, the illness, measures to protect food workers in particular, whether the virus is a food safety risk and measures that industry should take in a food manufacturing environment.
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SPACE will go ahead (for now)

The international SPACE exhibition will go ahead. “We are doing our utmost and we will make every effort to ensure that we can all meet again in September and share the resumption of the exchanges,” the organisers say. 

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SAPPO kuier saam met Plaasmedia

SAPPO glo dat gesonde bande met die media nodig is omdat hulle help om die bedryf se boodskap uit te dra. Ons het laasweek saam met Plaasmedia gekuier. Van links is Karin Changuion-Duffy, Elmarie Helberg (albei van Plaasmedia), Johann Kotzé (SAPPO), Yolandé Roodt, Ursula Human (albei van Plaasmedia) en Monique Groenewald (SAPPO).

Landbousensus-uitslae op ‘n kritieke tyd bekendgestel

Agri SA verwelkom die bekendstelling van die jongste Census of Commercial Agriculture (CoCA). Ons besef dat goeie besluitneming oor die spektrum aangeleenthede wat die landbou raak, gegrond moet wees op akkurate en betroubare inligting. Só sê Agri SA in mediaverklaring oor die aangeleentheid.
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Johann gesels met Grootplaas oor varke se gesondheidstatus

Johann Kotzé, SAPPO se uitvoerende hoofbestuurder, het verlede week met Grootplaas gesels oor die Suid-Afrikaanse varkbedryf se hoë gesondheidstatus en die kompartementalisering-stelsel.
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How to stay productive working from home

While working from home is definitely going to be challenging
for a lot of people over the coming weeks there are several
things you can do to ensure you work as effectively and
efficiently as possible without losing your mind or wishing you
could lose your children. Read more

Agri tech investment vital for industry output, export growth

According to Dr Thulasizwe Mkhabela, group executive, impact and partnerships at the ARC, South African agriculture needs more investment and the implementation of the latest technology to boost output. Read more

Planning for the world after the coronavirus pandemic

In just a few months, the tightly connected systems of a globalised world have transformed the novel coronavirus from a handful of cases in China to a global pandemic. But we have yet to see an international response that matches the scale of the threat. Read more

Vets, take care of yourself even in the midst of crisis

Veterinarians are wired and trained to care for their patients and clients, even in times of crisis. In the process of caring for others all the time, it’s no wonder they neglect themselves a little in the process, says Emily Byers, DVM, with Prestage Farms in Clinton, N.C.
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NPPC seeks labour solutions to potential impact of COVID-19 on industry

The impact of Novel Coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) on the already challenging labor shortage is a concern for the U.S. pork industry. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) called for expedited solutions addressing the need for more workers. Read more

Progress made on ASF genome mapping

Scientists from The Pirbright Institute in the UK have worked with University College London (UCL) to map the expression of genes across the entire African Swine Fever (ASF) virus genome, writes Aidan Fortune from
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Most read in last week's SAPPO Weekly Update

• Coronavirus (COVID-19) containment measures for your farm
• Ina Paarman features pork in her latest newsletter
• SAPPO’s Corona Updates
• Tough times ahead for SA economy

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