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• Shani van Lochem continued to work on a pro- ject to investigate Methicillin Resistant Staph- ylococcus aureus and the possible colonization of swine and swine workers on South African farms.
• Prof. Norman Casey had received the bulk of our research funds for a two-year project deal- ing with the carcass classification system being used in South Africa. He had been tasked with determining whether this system was still rele- vant or whether it could be improved upon through the use of new technologies available. Unfortunately, very little progress had been made with this project since its inception.
The committee had once again been successful in allocating the funds made available for research via the statutory levy, and the success rate with bursaries and projects had been impressive, with only one of the projects failing to show progress. It was most encouraging to note the continued in- terest in pig research shown by students and re- searchers in South Africa.
The committee believed that it was providing a useful service to the commercial pig industry in South Africa.
10.7 Reports by provincial chairmen
Barrie Gibbs
“Since our AGM last year, our input costs have in- creased exponentially. As I write this in the mid- dle of June 2016, our feed costs are going up, yet again due to the severe drought conditions that we are facing, and it appears that this will not abate any time soon. The market needs to grow dramatically if the producer is to survive. Is this going to happen? I don’t know. There are signs that there is a possibility that we can see quite a dramatic increase by the end of August. One can only hope this takes place. If it does not, we will see producers going out of business.
South African Pork Producers’ Organisation
In-store demonstrations and the Royal Show have been our main emphasis of promotions for the past year. We decided not to participate in the Good Food and Wine Show this year as the cost is very high, and the show gets smaller and smaller each year.
The Royal Show is always very successful. It took place in May/June and was fantastic in terms of edu- cating the public on the health bene ts of eating pork. All our normal in-store demonstrations have taken place, and as always, they have been highly supported by the stores and butcheries that we go into. What the future holds for promotions in KZN, I do not know, as at this stage nobody from SAPPO can actually say until the ‘New SAPPO’ is formed after its congress.
Imports for the period January 2015 to end of December 2015 were the highest ever (32 435,47 tons).
The latest import  gure for the four months Jan- uary 2016 – April 2016 is 8 978,86 ton, last year be- ing 11 838,29 ton, which represents a decrease of 2 859,43 tons over the same period last year. This is a decrease of 24%.
This is good news, and it appears that what will change our market price going forward is that the Chinese are so short of pork that they are buying anything they can get their hands on in the world.
Besides the ongoing exports to SADC, no further developments have taken place in other markets such as China, Singapore, Russia and India, but ne- gotiations are ongoing.
As you know, voluntary levies will fall away com- pletely as of 31 October 2016. The statutory levy at present is R9,38 per pig slaughtered. The new

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