On 18 February 2014, Edith Vries, Director-general of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said the country’s three year long suspension of being a zone free of the disease had been lifted and South Africa’s foot and mouth disease-free status reinstated.
As part of the ongoing negotiations with the European Union in respect of the Economic Partnership Agreement which include South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Angola, the EU applied in terms of the South African law (Section 15 of the Merchandise Marks Act), for the exclusive use of specific product descriptions in South Africa.
The application of the EU was published under Government Notice No 66 and 67 of 2014 in the Government Gazette (Gazette number 37296) dated 4 February 2014.
Die Nasionale Produsente Navorsingswerkgroep van Melk SA, het Maandag, 2 Desember sy eerste vergadering gehou. Die werkgroeplede is deur die MPO vanuit sy onderskeie streke genomineer.
Hierdie werkgroep het vorendag gekom met navorsingsvoorstelle wat baie relevant is tot die primêre bedryf, wat ook die mededingendheid van die Suid-Afrikaanse suiwelbedryf in die geheel behoort te bevorder.
Die belangrikse aangeleenthede wat aandag behoort te geniet, is soos volg geïdentifiseer:
The Code of Practice for Milk Producers was recently released.
This initiative of the Dairy Standard Agency, as funded by Milk South Africa, is aimed at supporting the South African primary dairy sector with compliance to all relevant food safety regulatory standards and voluntary standards.
The Code of Practice for Milk Producers is compiled as a systematic approach towards compliance with food safety requirements at primary production level and also address the minimum requirements for export certification at producer level.
Milk South Africa is proud of its project leader on industry information, Dr Koos Coetzee, who was awarded with the certificate for the best presentation at the 14th conference of the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN) which was held in Terkidağ, Turkey from 29 May to 5 June, 2013. He presented an invited paper on Key drivers for change in the dairy industry. Dr Coetzee is also Chief Economist of the Milk Producers' Organization.
Dr Torsten Hemme: International Farm Comparison Network
The IFCN – International Farm Comparison Network - is a global network of dairy researchers from 91 countries cooperating with over 93 companies representing the dairy chain. The IFCN has a Dairy Research Center (DRC) with 19 dairy researchers coordinating the network process and dairy research activities. The IFCN is independent from third parties and committed to truth, science and reliability of results.
Nico Fouche, CEO: Milk SA, had an exploratory meeting with Dr Ilse Trautmann and Dr Buks Olivier of the Department of Agriculture: Western Cape today. It was very clear from the discussions that there was a wealth of opportunities for both parties to co-operate in R&D and to capitalize on the shared vision to align dairy R&D in accordance with industry requirements.
Dr Trautmann is Chief Director: Research and Technology Development Services and Dr Olivier is Manager: Animal Sciences at the Department.
In September 2012, the SA Veterinary Services applied to the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) for official recognition of a FMD-free zone without vaccination. Following the meeting of the Scientific Commission of the OIE in February 2013, the Commission concluded that the proposed FMD-free zone in South-Africa does not fulfil the relevant international requirements as defined in the Terrestrial Animal Health Code of the OIE.