The South African government is doing all it can to avoid job losses in the poultry industry amid concerns of foreign poultry products dumping and unfair trade practices, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has said.Ramaphosa said this Thursday when he answered questions in the National Council of Provinces.
The deputy president said his government would do everything in its powers to ensure that there was no factory closures or job losses in the poultry industry following the recent permit given to US poultry producers to flood South African with cheap chicken meat amid local poultry farmers’ complaints.
“Within the provisions of the World Trade Organisation’s rules and South Africa’s trade agreements, South Africa will vigorously deploy trade measures to protect our poultry industry from dumping and unfair trade practices,” he said.
He was responding to a question that was posed by Member of Parliament from KwaZulu-Natal, Inkatha Freedom Party’s Mntomuhle Khawula, who had asked if there were any plans to rescue the South African poultry industry from closure.
Ramaphosa said working closely with the private sector, government would deploy incentives and other support measures to protect the industry to maintain production capabilities, save jobs as well as to ensure food security.
“In short, South Africa will vigorously defend this industry against dumping and unfair trade practices.”