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It is with regret that AFMA must inform the industry of a notice of retraction regarding the acceptance of Dr Sifiso Ntombela as the executive director (ED) of AFMA. Dr Ntombela was scheduled to commence his new position on 1 July 2023.
This follows the acceptance by Dr Ntombela of an offer within the Ministry of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) to start on 1 July 2023. The position within DALRRD will allow Dr Ntombela to continue leading the implementation of the Agricultural Agro-processing Master Plan (AAMP) and is regarded as a critical step for the success of the National Development Plan of South Africa. The AFMA board has therefore accepted Dr Ntombela’s withdrawal from the appointment as executive director at AFMA and wishes him well in the continuation of his role at DALRRD.
Liesl Breytenbach will continue to serve as acting executive director of AFMA until further notice. – Press release, AFMA
AFMA Board elects new chairperson and vice-chairperson
The board of directors of the Animal Feed Manufacturers Association, AFMA, has elected their new chairperson and vice-chairperson. The election took place during a board of directors meeting held on 28 September 2022. Anina Hunter of RCL Foods was elected as chairperson and is the first woman to lead an AFMA board. Michael Schmitz, the managing director of Meadow Feeds, was elected to the position of vice-chairperson.
Determining animal feed demand in the grain and oilseeds markets
One of the major role-players within the demand spectrum of the grain and oilseeds markets, is the animal feed industry. A question that always repeats itself is what demand will look like in the future. How much grain and oilseeds can still be planted? And how much can be utilised within the local market?
The agricultural product requirement (APR) feed simulation model, funded by the Protein Research Foundation, or PRF, is utilised on an annual basis to analyse animal feed demand.