Johann Kotzé and Dr Peter Evans of SAPPO give an update on the ASF outbreak in the Eastern Cape. Johann tells more about SAPPO’s awareness campaign and the organisations’ campaign to ensure consumers that SA pork is safe. Dr Evans gives feedback on SAPPO’s fact finding visit to the Eastern Cape last week.
SAPPO’s veterinary app has been tested successfully and is now being rolled-out to all consultative veterinarians, says Dr Peter Evans of SAPPO. The app promises to enhance passive surveillance and disease monitoring. The app will enable private and government veterinarians to capture data of their farm visits, says Dr Evans.
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SAPPO ‘s radio campaign aims to reassure consumers that SA Pork is delicious, safe to eat and offers the best value for money. The radio spot is broadcast in Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho on the radio stations Umhlobo Wenene Ukhozi and Lesedi.
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SAPPO’s ASF prevention leaflets have been produced in seven South African languages and are now being distributed in the Eastern Cape, the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal. They are distributed with the help of the provincial directors of the department of agriculture and commercial pig farmers in the provinces.
During March, South Africa exported 1 164 tonnes of pork products to 16 markets at an average price of R28,23/kg (1.48 EUR, 1.63 USD). Imports over the same period reached 2 166 tonnes and originated from 8 markets at an average price of R41,88/kg (2.19 EUR, 2.41 USD).
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SAPPO is contributing fresh pork stewing meat to chef schools all over the country that have joined the initiative to feed homeless and vulnerable people who currently do not have access to regular food supplies. Read more and view photographs
SAPPO’s pork promotion with Food Lover’s Market resulted in a huge increase in pork sales. Some stores reported an increase of up to 44% in pork sales. According to SAPPO’s Marieta Human, the packaging and display of pork cuts were generally of a high standard.
Dr Cilliers Louw (SAPPO Western Cape) participated in a stakeholder meeting on 25 May to discuss response plans to the Covid-19 crisis in the province. The meeting was convened by the Western Cape minister of agriculture, Ivan Meyer. The impact of the pandemic on agriculture in the Western Cape, among others, was discussed.
The department of agriculture in the Western Cape launched an awareness campaign in the province about African swine fever (ASF). The department created a website with information about the disease and how it is spread.
SAPPO is updating the registered animal identification marks used in the pig industry. “We want to build an online storage facility on SAPPO’s World of Pork (WoP) platform. We can safely store farmers’ certificates on their WoP profiles,” says SAPPO’s Dr Peter Evans.
Pig farmers have been buoyed by news of a vaccine that has protected pigs from a lethal dose of the dreaded African swine fever (ASF) virus in a trial. Pirbright Institute researchers found pigs displayed some clinical signs of the ASF virus, but all survived.
FEFAC and other food and feed supply chain representatives welcomed this week’s release by the European Commission of new biodiversity and farm to fork (F2F) strategies, while stressing their concerns about certain aspects of those publications.
Reuters reports that the China Merchandise Reserve Management Centre will auction 30 000 tonnes of frozen pork from state reserves today. The country has sold at least 330 000 tonnes of pork from reserves so far in 2020 to boost supplies after a deadly African swine fever decimated its massive pig herd. Read more
The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service charges meatpacking plants overtime fees for food inspectors. The Small Packer Overtime Holiday Fee Relief COVID-19 Act would reduce this fee, encouraging smaller plants to remain open.
In various states in Brazil pig and poultry slaughterhouses are among the places where Covid-19 has proved to be prevalent. In that sense, the situation is comparable to North America and Europe. So far, no pigs had to be euthanised. Read more
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SAPPO Weekly Update 22 May
• SAPPO will continue with its solid strategy, Johann Kotzé
• Dr Peter Evans discusses consumer assurance and the future
• Industry benchmarks outperformed in SA Pork campaign – Marieta Human
• Keeping in touch with changing consumer behaviour – Marieta Human
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