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MEC Maile to visit farm affected by bird flu

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MEC Maile to visit farm affected by bird flu

9th October 2017

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MEC of Economic Development, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development Lebogang Maile, will be visiting the Rooikraal Arendnes Farm tomorrow Tuesday 10 October 2017, at 10h00am, Brakpan, Gauteng province.

The farm has been affected by bird flu (Avian Influenza) and has resulted in the closure of operations. The MEC’s visit will be to solicit a deeper understanding of the impact of the disease outbreak. Furthermore, the MEC will engage with senior management of the farm, amidst the looming job losses, as a result of the closure of the farm.

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The farm produces table eggs and they supply the big retailers with eggs. Since the outbreak of the bird flu (Avian Influenza) had close to 400,000 layer hens which produced around 400,000 eggs per day.

Already the confectionary market is negatively affected by the short supply of eggs to the market. What is more worrying is that poor communities depend on eggs as an affordable source of protein. The shortage due to the outbreak could inevitably fuel an increase in the price of eggs.

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The details of the visit are as follows:

DATE: Tuesday 10 October 2017
TIME: 10H00am
VENUE: Rooikraal Arendnes, Witpoortjie 117-r, Brakpan

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/Z1MPwGV5AaJ2

Members of the media are hereby invited to attend and report.

Contact:
Castro Ngobese
MEC Spokesperson
Mobile: 060 870 1806

 

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