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Tuesday 3 July 2012

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Kleinmond Gazette

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‘Verlaging is ’n klap in melkboere se gesig’ DAVID ENGELBRECHT ’n Skielike verlaging van tussen 50 en 75c per liter in die prys waarteen een van die land se grootste melkkopers melk by produsente aankoop, het boere erg bekommerd oor hul toekoms. Dit is selfs as ’n “blatante klap in die gesig” beskryf. Die aankondiging verlede week dat die koper minder vir melk gaan betaal, het opslae in die bedryf veroorsaak. Produsente probeer vasskop, maar boere met wie die Gazette gepraat het, was nie gewillig om hul name te laat publiseer nie uit vrees dat hulle geteiken word en vennootskappe skipbreuk ly. Een boer het daarop klem gelê dat hul hande reeds afgekap is en hulle nie nog skade aan verhoudinge kan bekostig nie. Die voorsitter van die Melkprodusenteorganisasie (MPO), Dean Kleynhans, het gesê die prysverlaging is volgens hul inligting “nie in lyn met die marktendense nie”. Volgens Bertus de Jongh, nog ’n lid van

die MPO, is die rede wat die koper vir sy besluit aangevoer het dat daar tans te veel melk is. “Dit klop egter nie met ons syfers en inligting nie en dis hoekom ons daaroor objekteer.” Die melkkoper se hoofuitvoerende beampte, wat volgens maatskappybeleid glo die enigste gemagtigde is om kommentaar hierop te lewer, kon nie teen ter perse gaan bereik word nie. “Ons melkprodusente kom nou uit ’n baie slegte tyd waarin pryse vir bykans vier jaar op besondere lae vlakke was,” het Kleynhans gesê. “Produsentepryse het eers van November 2011 af weer begin herstel. Daarbenewens is produsente vir ’n geruimte tyd al vasgevang in ’n erge kosteknyptang weens die deurlopende styging in pryse van voer, brandstof en elektrisiteit.” De Jongh het gesê dat boere “erg bekommerd is oor hul toekoms”. Volgens hom het ’n wye reeks faktore die afgelope jaar die boere maar min kans op hoop gegee. “Produsentepryse het vir bykans vier jaar nie gestyg nie en het maar eers in die laaste ses maande begin klim. Ook nog nie tot

vlakke waartoe hulle medeboere in die buiteland se pryse oor dieselfde vierjaar-periode gestyg het nie.” “Indien sommige melkprodusente weens hierdie prysverlaging uit die mark moet tree, sal dit onder meer ’n direkte impak hê op voedselsekuriteit,” het Kleynhans voorts gesê en verduidelik dat weens ’n verhoogde vraag na suiwel wêreldwyd – en die feit dat suiwel steeds die goedkoopste bron van proteïen vir menslike gebruik is – hou melkproduksie alreeds nie tred met die vraag nie en sal die uittrede van boere uit die bedryf dit vererger. Volgens hom het suiwel ook weens ’n sameloop van omstandighede nie die prysverhogings geniet wat “’n produk met dié hoë voedingswaarde verdien nie”. “Ongelukkig, die oomblik wat produsentepryse styg, sit al die insetverskaffers ook hul pryse op. Dit vreet dan die winsmarges vinnig op. Wanneer pryse dan daal, daal dit vinnig onder die koste van produksie,” verduidelik De Jongh. ’n Bolandse produsent wat anoniem wou

bly, het gesê die prysverlaging is ’n blatante klap in die produsente se gesig. “Ek moet bang wees vir my bedryf as ek my stem wil dik maak, maar ek word misbruik. Soos ek nou voel, sit ons produsente met min hoop.” Hy het gesê sy medeprodusente is almal teleurgestel en skop vas teen die skokkende prysvermindering. “As ons nie as ’n groep bankvas staan teen hierdie [verlaging] nie, dan gaan hulle ons net onderkry.” As raad aan produsente wat direk deur die prysverlaging geraak word, sê die MPO: “Tree in verbinding met vele van die ander kopers wat tans dringend op soek is na addisionele melk.” Kleynhans doen namens produsente ’n beroep op ander melkkopers om ter wille van stabiliteit en die toekoms van die melkbedryf nie die voorbeeld van dié bekende koper te volg nie. “Die MPO is tans besig met onderhandelings met die betrokke partye en onderneem om tot op die hoogste vlak vir die melkprodusente te beding om die volhoubaarheid van die suiwelbedryf in Suid-Afrika te verseker.”

Raising orphaned chicks MARGIE WILSON

FIT FOR A KING: Margie Wilson, a reader with a passion for photography, sent in this unique photo, of their “friend, Mr Juvenile African Goshawk”. He dropped in at about lunchtime the other day and bit off more than he could chew, she says. “So he went off, then returned for dinner. After another sumptuous meal, he departed again, leaving about a third of the ring-necked dove behind.” The following morning he came back once more and finally disappeared with the remains of the spoils. “What a sight! Needless to say we haven’t had any more pigeons or doves on the telephone wire outside since.”

Sara and Richard Starke have been working with oystercatchers for over twenty years. Those lucky enough to attend the slide show and talk at the Betty’s Bay Library on Friday morning, were enthralled by the dedication that this couple have devoted to raising the profile of these beautiful birds. Having raised four orphan chicks they now know far more about these birds than the average family knows about their children. Oystercatchers are active in our area during the period from November to the end of March. This is the time when they will lay their eggs, fledge their babies and raise their families. And despite their names, they do not eat oysters, but rather limpets, although for the first three weeks they also eat mussels. Their nests are sparse collections of rocks, kelp and stones, and the speckled eggs are so well camouflaged that they are easily damaged by unwary feet. This is why people are implored to keep their dogs and children under control in areas where their breeding is known. Almost from the moment the eggs hatch, the little fluffy down balls are on their feet and run-

ning. They move between the beaches and the rocks with the tides, swimming out on the outgoing tide and returning when the tides come in again. Their ever vigilant parents fly over head and encourage them to follow. Many oystercatcher fans have helped to create safe walkways by arranging piles of kelp for the chicks to move across the beaches. Sara and Richard have also successfully created a “home from home” for the orphaned chicks on their balcony, bringing in live limpets and periwinkles to feed their charges. Sara teaches these little birds to go into a cage each day so that she can take them down to the beach where they learn to behave like oystercatchers. As she has only had one chick at a time, this exercise has been repeated often. She walks the beach and they follow, and as they get older they fly ahead and then wait for her to catch up. It would be difficult to relate everything that Sara and Richard had to say in a short article, but they are always willing to bring their slides to any gathering that would be interested in listening to their fascinating account of their lives with these little creatures. Richard can be contacted by email at Richard@recirc.co.za

Pringle Bay’s primate plan After a recent meeting organised by the Pringle Bay Conservancy about the problems baboons are causing in the area, an action plan was compiled by the Pringle Bay Baboon Action Group (PBBAG) subcommittee to address the issue. The PBBAG is a Pringle Bay Conservancy initiative in association with the Pringle Bay Ratepayers’ Association and Pringle Bay Business Forum. The action plan aims to achieve the following objectives: 1. Establish a telephone hotline residents and visitors can use to report baboon incidents and advise baboon monitors on the location of the troop. 2. Make residents and visitors aware of the baboon problem plaguing Pringle Bay, advise them of the actions being taken to address the problem, and warn them not to feed the baboons. The awareness campaign will include the compilation and distribution of a poster documenting the baboon problem and the 10 key actions residents and visitors can take to prevent baboons from finding food around human settlments. One of the suggestions is to design and distribute the following bumper sticker: “If you feed our wild baboons, we have to kill them.” 3. Keep the baboons out of town by devising a monitor operation protocol and recruiting, training and equipping volun-

teers to carry it out. 4. Raise funds for the Pringle Bay Baboon Action Group’s activities and initiatives. 5. Reduce the amount of refuse in Pringle Bay to which the baboons have access. This waste management plan includes the following ideas: ) Sort out the refuse station at the entrance to town by fitting a wire mesh roof and self-closing gate. ) Ensure the refuse station is properly used. ) Ensure the bins at the refuse station are regularly emptied. ) Remove all blue plastic swivel drums in Pringle Bay. ) Ensure all refuse bins in the town are baboon-proofed and emptied twice a week. ) Ensure all residents who put out waste for Monday collection do so in baboon-proof bins. Any waste not put out in accordance with this should incur a fine of R500. ) Continue arranging for Law Enforcement to accompany refuse trucks, with monthly reporting back to the PBBAG on actions and fines. ) Encourage businesses to manage their waste better, and get them to help manage the waste bins in the vicinity of their business premises.

THE CANSA CAUSE: As part of the duties involved in taking part in the Wineland Winter Queen pageant, Chantal Witthuhn from Kleinmond recently hosted another event in aid of Cansa. Kleinmond Primary School’s principal allowed Witthuhn to run the tuck shop at the school for a day, and all the profits made went to Cansa. The school’s show of support didn’t end there: it was civvies day for the children, and they had the option of wearing pink and white in support of Cansa. “It was wonderful – most of the children, especially the girls, showed off their pink and white outfits,” Witthuhn says. “I raised R1 350 in total between the tea event at the Art Café and the tuck shop; it will go towards Cansa and my campaign.”

Kleinmond Gazette 3 July 2012  

Kleinmond Gazette 3 July 2012

Kleinmond Gazette 3 July 2012  

Kleinmond Gazette 3 July 2012

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