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er were very similar to the problems and issues my dad faced, and they are more or less the same is- sues that we are facing today. Whether it is health, ventilation or personnel, the basics of pig farming remain the same.
However, in the past 17 years, I have noticed a re- markable change in the pig industry.
South African pig farming has become a  ne-tuned operation that can match the very best farming practices in the world.
Commodity trading is such an integral part of daily business, and farmers need to use  nancial instruments to manage risk on their farms.
Technology is playing a tremendous role in help- ing pig farmers be more e cient.
South African pig farmers take note of what is happening in other pork producing countries and we implement international production methods on our own farms. I believe that one can always learn something new.
Worldwide trends also tend to spill over to our country. Matters such as animal welfare and the use of antibiotics are prime examples of challeng- es we will face in the coming years. I know these are very contentious issues with pig farmers. A quote from a very famous pirate:
“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.
Do you understand?”
This is a quote from Captain Jack Sparrow....... If you don’t know him....... use Google!
It is due to these changes that I stand before you as the last chairman of the PPP. The industry is consolidating. This is one of the reasons why the provincial organisations will be integrated into a new SAPPO in 2017.
It has been a huge honour and privilege to serve as chairman of the PPP, and I would like to thank the former PPP board members, my fellow board members, vice chairman, Jacobus Ho man, and Guzette Strydom, and especially James Jenkinson for the hard work and e orts they have vested in the PPP.
In the past 12 years, PPP was instrumental in the pig farmers driving and developing new pro- grammes and ideas. We can be proud of what we have achieved at the PPP, because, with a limited
South African Pork Producers’ Organisation
budget, we have managed to complete a number of projects. We will take the same drive into our new SAPPO structure and continue the hard work and e ort.
I would also like to thank my fellow pig farmers who have supported PPP throughout the years. Without your voluntary levy contributions none of this would have been possible.”
Karel Minnaar
“The year 2016 started with one of the most dev- astating droughts ever experienced in South Af- rica. This made things more di cult for the pro- ducer, especially in light of the current maize and soya prices. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do about this, except possibly better planning in future. We can’t put in an order for rain, which is probably a good thing....
What is of concern, however, is the state of the economy, which shows almost no growth; the junk status that the country faces; and so many nega- tive reports in the media around the local election and corruption.
Pork prices remain steady so far and hopefully will move up sooner rather than later. With the help of promotions conducted by producers and their associations, we hope that consumers will start eating more pork – which is the best value for money, especially given the current economic cli- mate.
The new AGOA agreement with the USA allows for a lot of pork to be imported. However, it holds a risk for our pig industry due to the lymph glands in the meat, which could introduce the dreaded PRRS virus. The imported pork does not meet the stan- dards set in the VPN with which other importing countries must comply.
The recent outbreak of African Swine Fever at Ko efontein, Bloemfontein and Schweizer- Reneke meant that all producers have to apply biosecurity measures as strictly as possible and e ect improvements. I wish to encourage farm- ers to plan to compartmentalise or to comply with Pork360. At this stage a large number of pigs have

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