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Press Release - 05 Sep 2017
Statement by Dr Charlotte Nkuna
The poultry industry in South Africa is facing a difficult period. There are serious challenges, including outbreaks of Avian Influenza and the impact of chicken dumping on profitability and jobs.
As I take over as interim CEO of the SA Poultry Association, I am heartened by the determination of people in the industry to overcome the challenges and to set the industry on the growth path to which we all aspire.
I have worked in the poultry industry for almost 20 years so I understand the industry, its people and its issues. I also know I have the support of my colleagues, including my predecessor, Kevin Lovell, to whom I would like to pay special tribute for his years of valuable service.
We are working very closely with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to combat Avian Influenza. The industry is also eagerly awaiting government action to curb chicken dumping and I intend to be in touch with the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in this regard.
What the South African poultry industry needs is a supporting environment in which it can return to growth. This will enable us to expand production, to export and to create jobs.
Growth will also enable the industry to accelerate its plans for transformation. As the first black person to lead the industry association, I will be involved in and supportive of these plans.
This is a resilient industry and we are determined to overcome the challenges facing us. I am honoured to be leading the industry at this time and look forward to helping to bring growth and prosperity back to one of South Africa’s most important agricultural sectors.
Dr Charlotte Nkuna
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