Lowveld
DPFO improves its strategy
15:46 (GMT+2), Tue , 03 December 2013
Lowveld
Poultry farming gets more exposure in the Lowveld.
In October, the Developing Poultry Farmers Organisation (DPFO) held its elective congress in the capital city, attended by 20 farmers who manage over 5 000 birds per cycle. AgriEco asked DPFO coordinator Moses Modise for more information.
How many people attended?
Twenty farmers from all the provincial districts gathered at the meeting.
Who was elected for the committee?
Simon Mdau-Msizi (Ekangala) elected as provincial chairman and his team is Della Nxumalo (Bushbuckridge), Kaiser Zulu (Piet Retief), Maria Chilwane (Matibidi) and Bheki Mnisi (Nkomazi).
How many black poultry farmers currently operate within the Lowveld region?
Although there are thousands of black poultry farmers operating on a very small scale (below 1 000), there are close to
25 who manage over 5 000 birds per cycle.
What is the first thing the committee will do ?
It will prepare a provincial strategy and a plan to ensure that the producers in the province become organised and explore the available opportunities in the industry.
What are the most pressing matters discussed at the meeting?
The role of government, in ensuring that poultry producers become empowered through relevant infrastructure development, and increased production capacity of the available farmers to exploit the Mozambique and Swaziland market.
Going forward
The Provincial Director for the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (Dedet), Gugulethu Ngwenya, who was the keynote speaker at the event said she was encouraged by the DPFO's efforts to unite black poultry farmers. She also emphasised the importance of producing good, acceptable quality products as a way to attract the market.
According to Ngwenya, it is her department's responsibility to add value to these products through agro-processing. She also encouraged the DPFO to attract young people to the poultry farming industry to assist government programmes to create more jobs with organised farmers.
There is a unique opportunity for Mpumalanga farmers to capitalise on the Mozambican and Swaziland markets and in so doing improve their profits via foreign exchange, she added.
Enquiries: modise@sapoultry.co.za


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