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Our politicians did not do us a favour with the AGOA agreement. This agreement was signed o  with pressure from the Americans, to the detri- ment of our industry’s health status.
South Africa was to allow certain shoulder cuts from a PRRS country like America on an import per- mit, without following the VPN route. There was a certain protocol that was signed o  on to assist with this. This, however, did not happen, which was proven when a  rst sample batch was sent to South Africa. SAPPO, by means of Dr Evans and Dr Vervoort, even had to train the port o cials to conduct the checks at the harbour.
After numerous discussions and lawyers’ meet- ings over the past six months, SAPPO has decided to take the department to task and ask for a rever- sal of the side letter.
This obviously means that a court case will follow. This, however, is of utmost importance for the pro- tection of the health status of our national herd with regard to PRRS.
With the committee and the e ort that Marieta puts into this portfolio, I am sure we as pork pro- ducers can be well assured that our product is in the face of the consumer.
Looking at the year-on-year kilograms of meat that South Africa has to consume, we can state that consumption is rising. This is a direct result of all our e orts with promotions done by the o ce.
The ASF outbreaks in the country caught everyone by surprise. The  rst two hotspots were Schweiz- er-Reneke and Ko efontein. All these pigs were culled. These areas are far below the red line, which is a matter for concern.
Once again I call on all producers to start farm- ing with bio-secure areas and register as compart- ments as this outbreak proves that no virus ad- heres to a red line. Later this morning we will hear the speci cs of these outbreaks.
South African Pork Producers’ Organisation
On the emerging farmer side, all is running smooth- ly. After one of the previous transformation man- agers resigned, we employed another two. The areas are divided as follows:
Kgadi handles Western Cape, Gauteng, Free State & Northern Cape
Dan does North West, Limpopo & Mpumalanga Tembi handles KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape.
What is important for SAPPO is that as from this year we will be allocating funds to certain projects for goods and not only for transformation and training. In discussions with the NAMC with regard to our new levy, it was explained that there had been a swing in government to pay attention to success stories. The NAMC will act as a catalyst to facilitate more funds from government for these speci c farms. SAPPO identi es these farms in conjunction with the NAMC. Depending on how farms perform on the evaluation criteria and how much funding is available from the department, it was decided to help farms up to a certain size:
with farrow-to- nish up to 200 sows; and outgrowers up to a capacity of 200 growers per week throughout.
At this stage, after the  rst round of selections, we have identi ed four farms to be assisted in the coming years.
Both the farming venture and the training pro- gramme at the training centre are running well. To improve the output weight on the production side, it was decided to put up a gilt and AI house. This will allow the existing gilt house to become bacon- er space. The centre could then also sell pregnant gilts to the emerging sector as there is a huge de- mand for this. At this point I want to congratulate Barry Gibbs and thank him for the e ort and time he has put into the centre. Barry has been involved from the start of the project and this has not gone unnoticed. Once again thank you, Barry.

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