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October 16, 2017

EU trade policies are hurting African farms, says Tory MP

EU TRADE policies are “morally repugnant” and keep African farmers poor and starving, a Tory MP said yesterday.   Tory MP James Cleverly has slammed EU […]
October 13, 2017

PIC takes full control of Daybreak

THE EMBATTLED Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has acquired full control of poultry producer Daybreak Farms after the Competition Tribunal approved the takeover with conditions.   The […]
October 12, 2017

Vital that poorest nations invest in rural agriculture to avoid relying on food imports

London — The poorest countries risk a greater dependence on food imports unless more is invested in their rural agriculture industries as people move toward cities, […]
October 2, 2017

Fowl squabbles end as South Africa unites

Leaders of the South African Poultry Association (SAPA) have agreed to end division within its ranks to battle industry-wide problems of dumped chicken imports and disease […]
September 13, 2017

All this poultry dumping. And we’re chicken sh**

This month’s story on European Union (EU) chicken producers dumping their surplus on SA- and Government’s inability to defend the local industry – is yet another […]
September 8, 2017

FairPlay joins forces with SAPA to fight ‘chicken dumping’

FairPlay, the international anti-dumping advocacy organisation, pledged its support to Dr Charlotte Nkuna, acting CEO of the South African Poultry Association (SAPA).   According to FairPlay […]
September 5, 2017

Tough times in poultry industry

The poultry industry is bracing itself for further tough times as imports and avian flu continue to affect local businesses. This was evident for industry player […]
August 18, 2017

KFC stands up to surplus chicken dumping with FairPlay

SA’s largest chicken buyer joins fair-trade advocate FairPlay Movement, which already has the support of major stakeholders   KFC, SA’s largest chicken buyer, has lent its […]
August 18, 2017

China launches probe into Brazilian broiler chicken imports

China frozen chicken imports worth more than $1 bln a year Brazil accounted for 85 pct of imports last year China’s poultry industry recovering from bird […]
August 15, 2017

SA maak rug styf oor hoender uit Europa

SUID-AFRIKA gee Europa nou klaarblyklik van sy eie handels medisyne.   In die verlede het Suid-Afrika binne so wat twee weke nadat Europese lande gesê het […]
August 7, 2017

Retrenched poultry workers top summit’s agenda

The FairPlay Social Support Summit, facilitated by the FairPlay anti-dumping movement in partnership with the University of Johannesburg, focused on the impact of dumped chicken imports, […]
August 5, 2017

Fair play sought for retrenched chicken workers

  Dumped chickens have seriously damaged the local industry. Johannesburg – The FairPlay Social Support Summit, called to help thousands of chicken industry workers rendered jobless […]
August 4, 2017

FairPlay summit addresses plight of retrenched chicken industry workers

Nonprofit development organisations and the private sector met this week to discuss the plight of thousands of chicken industry workers who have been rendered jobless as […]
August 4, 2017

Juris tree toe tot hoenderoorlog

OUDREGTER Richard Goldstone (foto) het skaars sy rol as beskermheer van die teenstortingsgroep Fair Play aanvaar, toe die vere opnuut weer begin waai het oor hoenderinvoer […]
August 3, 2017

Hoenderbedryf steier

In 2016 is 240 000 t hoenderstukke aan die been na SuidAfrika ingevoer   Die plaaslike hoenderbedryf se oorlewingstryd teen voëlgriep en goedkoop ingevoerde hoenderstukke raak […]
August 3, 2017

Regter veroordeel ‘roof-storting’

Regter Richard Goldstone, beskermheer van die teenstortingsbeweging FairPlay, het die optrede van invoerders wat hulle skuldig maak aan hoenderstorting sterk veroordeel. Dit sal in die Regering […]
August 2, 2017

Predatory dumping is not unlawful, but SA should implement rule of law

The government needs to act as the poultry industry is threatened by cheap imports and more jobs are at risk   SA has one of the […]
July 10, 2017

Africa’s poultry industry hit

“Europe’s preference for white meat is hurting Africa’s poultry industry” says Luc Smalle, manager at the agri firm Rossgro in South Africa’s Mpumalanga area.   With […]
July 8, 2017

SA’s EPA deal: Is the EU playing chicken?

The current trade dispute over chicken between South Africa and the 28-country European Union, in which local business and trade unions say the EU is selling […]
July 5, 2017

Higher tariffs and trade bans will not save local poultry industry

The importance of trade has to be recognised, as saving the poultry industry is not as simple as imposing higher tariffs or more trade measures, according […]
June 30, 2017

DTI to implement policy interventions to curb poultry industry losses

Rather than make findings on the current state of the poultry industry and the ongoing challenges it faces owing to the dumping of imported chicken products, […]
June 26, 2017

Sovereign Foods weathers ‘perfect storm’

Revenue up 25%, sales volumes increase by 18% Net asset value of Sov Foods share: R9.72   The Sovereign Foods group has announced subdued results and […]
June 25, 2017

Poultry sector still bleeding jobs

The country’s poultry sector is still gradually shedding jobs despite the setting up of a task team to try and halt the crisis in the sector, […]
June 23, 2017

Change in thinking needed to save the poultry industry

AGRICULTURAL NEWS – Treasury’s instruction to all state institutions to only procure locally produced poultry meat, cannot in itself save the South African poultry industry. All […]
June 22, 2017

Chicken dumping: Rival groups battle it out

Cape Town – Another row over the trade of poultry products is playing out – this time involving advocacy group FairPlay, who is refusing to back […]
June 21, 2017

Lack of government support for poultry industry

The SA Poultry Association has urged a ‘partnership approach’ with government to save failing farms…   “Unlike the rest of the world South African poultry producers […]
June 7, 2017

SA poultry industry shows signs of improvement

Cape Town – Market conditions for South Africa’s poultry industry are improving and as far as government knows there have no further layoffs and factory closures. […]
May 29, 2017

Poultry industry a flutter, but adjusting

South African poultry producers have introduced a number of measures in an effort to counter the setbacks that hit the industry in 2016.   Astral Foods, […]
May 28, 2017

Angry birdman says state plan to export fowls just won’t fly

CHRIS Schutte, CEO of Astral Foods,South Africa’s largest poultry producer, says a “lack of leadership in government” is responsible for the crisis facing the local industry. […]
May 23, 2017

EU worries over growth hormones in SA chickens unfounded, says poultry association

Genetic selection and better nutrition are what have produced superior broilers, says the South African Poultry Association.   WHILE briefing the portfolio committee on trade and […]
May 21, 2017

SA’s poultry industry on the road to recovery

Johannesburg – As the country recovers from the worst drought in history, the local poultry sector seems to be recuperating and forecasts show the likelihood of […]
May 18, 2017

Dumping, not drought, to blame for chicken woes

Data for major chicken producing countries is analysed every two years by the LEI research institute at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands.   AGRICULTURAL […]
May 17, 2017

Astral Foods feels pain from new brine regulations

SA’s poultry producers have had their feathers plucked from the cheap bone-in chicken imports from the US and Europe, and the sustained drought across the country. […]
May 16, 2017

New export markets sought in bid to save SA’s chicken industry

Market-access requests have been sent to Gulf and African states, as well as Hong Kong and Singapore in South Asia   The government is seeking to […]
May 15, 2017

Astral slashes interim dividend as it battles high input costs

Poultry producer says the results were due to its inability to recover record high feed prices and a loss in sales volumes ‘under extremely difficult market […]
May 15, 2017

Astral Food still concerned about EU’s ‘unfair practices’

Astral Foods CEO Chris Schutte said he remains concerned about unfair practices by the EU.   In the six months to end-March, the poultry producer reported […]
May 15, 2017

LETTER: Just end chicken dumping

David Wolpert is up to his usual diversionary tactics (Export plan could help poultry firms, May 9). He keeps on referring to exports because he doesn’t […]
May 11, 2017

Govt seeking ways to help struggling chicken producers

Cape Town – The government is in the process of trying to find funding for chicken producers who are facing closure or who have closed due […]
May 11, 2017

Government working hard to reopen poultry farms

Cape Town – Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Senzeni Zokwana says government is working tirelessly to assist poultry farms that have been shut down due to […]
May 10, 2017

Retailers opt for local poultry

Large chains tell hearing of limited chicken imports.   Large food retailers have told Parliament they prefer locally sourced poultry products to imports.   Representatives of […]



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