The South African Pink Meat Producers’ Organisation (RPO) has welcomed the latest landmark settlement signed with Saudi Arabia to export between 500t and 1 000t of purple meat each year to that nation from subsequent 12 months.
This was in accordance with Gerhard Schutte, CEO of the RPO, who instructed Farmer’s Weekly the excellent news was that South Africa was now exporting purple meat to 25 nations, after shedding all its export markets three years in the past as a result of outbreak of foot-and-mouth illness.
“This meant we misplaced a market constituting 4% of native manufacturing. It would appear like an insignificant share, however it had a really unfavorable impression domestically.
“[South Africa] primarily exports to nations within the Center East such because the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and now additionally Saudi Arabia. South Africa has [unfortunately] not regained China as an export market, however the native purple meat business is working onerous to regain entry to that market,” he added.
The announcement was made following an official state go to to Saudi Arabia by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Growth, Thoko Didiza, and others, as a part of an funding drive.
The delegation was additionally accompanied by members of the Beefmaster Group’s administration crew.
In response to Louw van Reenen, CEO of the Beefmaster Group, the deal would considerably profit the native beef worth chain.
“We’re very excited concerning the deal, and it couldn’t have come at a greater time. Moreover unlocking new commerce, it is going to additionally assist us preserve job safety within the sector over the following 12 months.
“Nevertheless, there may be nonetheless some work to do earlier than commerce can formally start between the 2 nations, and [officials from] the Saudi Meals and Drug Authority can be visiting South African producers to make sure merchandise conform to their strict specs,” he stated in an announcement.
Van Reenen added that there was already a presence of South African produce and well-known manufacturers on grocery store cabinets in Saudi Arabia, and the whole bilateral commerce between the 2 nations amounted to R66 billion in 2021.
The meat sector was anticipated to contribute considerably to this commerce between the 2 nations in 2023.
“We’re properly positioned to supply a product that’s reasonably priced, recognized for high quality, and has a comparatively low-fat content material. Our beef and beef merchandise evaluate very favourably with different beef-producing nations resembling Australia and the US, exactly due to these traits,” he stated.