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The Gauteng government says it will leave no stone unturned to fight Listeriosis, as the province carries the highest burden of the diseases in the country. The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed that Listeriosis cases have now risen to 872 nationwide since the beginning of 2017. The diseases has claimed 164 lives. According to the NICD, Gauteng leads the pack with 60% of the confirmed cases, followed by the Western Cape with 13% and KwaZulu-Natal at 7%.

The Parliamentary Monitoring Group reported on a meeting of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries committee (February 13, 2018).

The South African Poultry Association (SAPA) briefed the committee on the challenges facing the poultry industry. The outbreak of avian flu last year resulted in a loss of revenue amounting to R954 million in an industry whose total value was R46 billion. The industry had shed 1 300 jobs in 2017 due to the bird flu. The South African Poultry Association powerpoint presentation can be viewed at http://pmg.org.za/files/180213SAPA.pptx. It looks at issues like production, pricing, trade and the cost of the 2017 avian influenza.


We smiled grimly at a tweet yesterday, Boere mag nie meer pomp nie, with an accompanying comment: “Ek voel rerig jammer vir die ouens in die Kaap” (I feel really sorry for the guys in the Cape). The English “farmers may not pump anymore” misses out on the bawdy innuendo.

There is nothing amusing about officially not being allowed water for your crops, of course.

On Tuesday, The Guardian reported concern in the UK about any US-UK free trade deal. Several practices, outlawed in the EU are accepted in the US. These are listed as:

Participants at the Global Workshop on Nutrition-sensitive Fish Agri-food Systems which closed 8 December in Siem Reap, Cambodia agreed that while evidence is mounting that fish is a solid investment choice, in particular for reducing global undernutrition, more needs to be done to build the case.
The workshop also saw an announcement that WorldFish has become an official member of the Scaling UP Nutrition (SUN) movement. SUN is a global push for action to improve nutrition of all —especially women and children.
A conservation superhero has turned crime fighter, as the special owls he saves have led the way to a nest of stolen vehicles.