Cape Town - Growth in South Africa’s ostrich industry is set to increase following the European Commission’s announcement last week that it was lifting a four-year ban on the country’s export of fresh ostrich meat into the EU.
Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde said the lifting of the ban was “excellent news for the industry”, which contributes over R1 billion to the economy, setting it up for further growth”.
“The industry was initially severely economically impacted by the 2011 highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak, but has since recovered somewhat through the export of processed ostrich meat.
“Processed meat will continue to be exported, parallel to the export of fresh ostrich meat. This will lessen the impact of any future incursions of HPAI (highly pathogenic avian influenza) in the industry.”
Winde said resuming exports to the EU would play an important role in increasing the number of jobs in the industry, which currently employs over 50 000 people.