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Since the first outbreak of Newcastle Disease (NCD) in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, the Veterinary authorities delegated the implementation of the control measure for the disease with endemic proportions to the Poultry Industry.
South Africa in its diversity, also poses disadvantages in the monitoring, cataloguing and prevention of disease. Since 1994 the role of smallholder poultry farmers, the increase in spent-hens as well as village chickens that are kept for subsistence farming have all created further need for effective disease control.
The first outbreak, and subsequent outbreaks, including the current ones of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in ostriches in South Africa has exposed the vulnerable position of the Poultry Industry with regards to disease control. There is also the constant threat of the LPAI H6N2 strain that cannot be ignored.
Another problem the industry faces is the chronic situation of vacant veterinarian and veterinary technical posts. These personnel shortages place a lot of strain on government resources.
However, in spite of this, progress has been made with the drafting and approval of Animal Health legislation, policies, standard operating procedures, contingency plans and even a communication protocol in conjunction with all the other role players.
There is also a critical need for an extensive database containing information on all the poultry diseases in the country, including outbreaks. The information contained in the database will enable fact-based decision making by both the poultry industry and Government alike.
Finally, another yet another issue that needs to be addressed is the monitoring of chemical residues in meat and poultry. At this point, the current testing is insufficient and the government has only just released a draft paper on the National Residue Monitoring Programme in poultry.
In order to overcome the above stated problems, the poultry industry decided to establish the Poultry Disease Management Agency, who will be tasked with the disease monitoring, surveillance, management, control and communication on behalf of the Poultry Producers. This agency is funded by the statutory levy paid by all the producers.
In addition the Poultry Disease Management Agency aim to be a rallying point for all vested stakeholders, farmers, veterinarians and academicians, in short anyone with any interest in the protecting the national flock. We aim to create a community where ideas, information and news is shared, leading to quicker decision making and a cohesive sharing of information.