SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIAMENT CALLS FOR QUICK RESPONSE TO POULTRY INDUSTRY WOES

The Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade and International Relations has urged the South African Department of Trade and Industry (dti) to speedily deal with challenges facing the country’s poultry industry.

Committee Chairman Eddie Makue said Thursday that the committee would be satisfied if the two task teams set up by the government to deal with the matter yielded positive results.

Many poor households consume chicken as a staple food, and any threat to the production of chicken meat poses a serious threat to the health and welfare of indigent South Africans. Also, when jobs are threatened, it is imperative for government to intervene using creative and innovative protective measures, mindful of our international obligations,” he said.

While the dti should speedily deal with challenges, the committee encourages the poultry industry to work on the rapid transformation and industrialisation of the sector. The price of chicken products in South Africa is exorbitant and this opened the market to affordable imports.”

The committee on Wednesday received a briefing from the dti on challenges in the industry as a result of the rate of imports of deboned chicken from Brazil and certain European Union (EU) member countries.

Makue said the briefing helped Members of Parliament to understand the complex trade arrangements. We are concerned about the huge mark-up by retailers and the lack of foresight in exploring the export of South African poultry or ways to exploit the production of chicken feed to grow our agro-economy, he added.

With rigorous and honest engagement, informed by the best interests of the country, Makue said South Africans can rise to the challenge.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK