It's one thing to focus on SA's long-term prospects. Be careful not to miss the forest for the trees. But what's to be done when the forest suddenly goes up in flames? asks Ron Derby.
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An EU-funded study has found that part of the reason for the crisis of SA's poultry industry is due to limited investment in building production capacity and shortcomings in SA's business model. Local bodies, however, have disputed this.
Minister of Trade Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel acknowledged that striking the balance between preserving the local industry and keeping poultry affordable could prove challenging.
Various public organisations have implored Parliament to include poultry products on the zero-vat list.
Egg prices are expected to increase between 15% and20% as suppliers have to cover the costs of lower production due to the Avian flu outbreak, according to an analyst.
The interruption in poultry trade from South Africa, following the outbreak of Avian Influenza, should be less than two months, says SA Poultry Association CEO Kevin Lovell.
Poultry producers, especially those in KwaZulu-Natal, are on the brink of closing shop, warns Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana.
South Africa's beleaguered poultry industry is not under threat, according to David Wolpert, CEO of the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters of SA.
Chicken imports are not devastating South Africa's poultry industry, says David Wolpert, CEO of the Association of Meat Importers and Exporters.
The agriculture department has been ordered to set up an appeals board to hear a request by poultry body SAPA that its members be allowed to sell down current stocks of brined chicken.
South Africa's poultry industry is battling for survival in the face of stiff price competition from international, as well as the worst drought in a century, says Sapa.
According to a statement released by the association, government and its import tariff adjudication body are yielding to calls for a tariff increase on chicken product imports.
The South African Poultry Association has applied to the International Trade Administration Commission for an 82% tariff increase, saying that local producers cannot compete with dumping from the international market.
Avian flu resulted in losses of R954m for the poultry industry, a report by the South African Poultry Association has revealed.
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies faces legal action in another battle over chicken.
The EU says it has serious concerns about South Africa’s ability to deal with exposure to prohibited medicines and growth hormones with regard to its poultry and other commodities.
SA's beleaguered poultry industry can be fixed, but for that to happen the European Union must stop flooding the country with cheap chicken, says the SA Poultry Association.
An importer provides clarity on the misconception around chicken “waste” and “leftovers”, adding that SA's poultry industry refuses to revisit its business model.
The agriculture ministry has missed a court deadline to determine if poultry producers can sell down current stocks of brined chicken before new regulations kick in.
The agriculture department and others have asked a court to dismiss the poultry association’s application to stop laws capping the amount of brine allowed in chicken.
The Association of Meat Importers and Exporters of SA does not agree that lowering the percentage of saltwater in chicken will push up prices to "unaffordable" levels.
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