02 October 2014.
The IFP in KwaZulu-Natal calls for the
protection of jobs in the poultry sector after recent
reports concerning the import of low quality chicken from Brazil
and Europe and the resultant loss of an estimated 20 000 jobs.
“South Africa is faced with very high
unemployment rates. An estimated loss of over 20 000 jobs in the
poultry sector adds to the misery faced by our people. Importing
low quality chicken only serves to destroy the local poultry
industry and make us dependent on these imports. What then stops
overseas suppliers from holding us to ransom and increasing
prices at whim? We will then be saddled with huge masses of
our people being unemployed and unable to purchase basic food,
let alone the imported poultry,” said IFP Spokesperson on
Agriculture, Mr Nhlanhla Msimango, MPL.
“South Africa is one of the most unprotected
markets in the world and our government must do everything
possible to curtail imports, protect jobs and grow local
industry,” continued Mr Msimango.
“Whilst we support the free market principle,
we must also ensure that we grow our local industry by providing
support to the poultry producers, thereby saving jobs and
growing our economy,” concluded Mr Msimango.
Mr Nhlanhla Msimango, MPL, IFP
Spokesperson on Agriculture, 074 259 0820
For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675