David Wolpert is up to his usual diversionary tactics (Export plan could help poultry firms, May 9). He keeps on referring to exports because he doesn’t want to talk about the chicken dumping that is doing such harm to the South African chicken industry. His Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (AMIE) has even threatened a gag order against one of the producers daring to discuss dumping. So Wolpert and his association raise exports at every opportunity, pretending that the industry’s woes would disappear if only they would see the golden offerings so easily available in export markets. This is the line they have peddled to Parliament. As Wolpert well knows, poultry exports depend on numerous certifications that the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries currently lacks the capacity to provide. More markets will open only once this happens. Nevertheless, government departments, the South African Poultry Association and AMIE are working on an export strategy includin...

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