Draft Game Meat Strategy
The Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment published a Game Meat Strategy for South Africa for comments within 30 days of publication. The draft Strategy was published under government notice number 2293 in gazette number 47024 on 18 July 2022.
A copy of the gazette notice is available at: https://www.dffe.gov.za/sites/default/files/gazetted_notices/draftgamemeatstrategy_g47024gon2293.pdf
The following extract from the Strategy explains the purpose of the document:
“This report formulates the strategy and implementation plan to expand, differentiate and formalise the Game Meat Industry in South Africa which has shown considerable potential for growth. If developed properly, considered from a sustainability perspective, this market is compatible with biodiversity conservation and could contribute favorably to economic development, job creation, food security and sectoral transformation. ….. the game meat industry performs predominantly in the informal market whilst about 10% of game meat enters the retail market following the formal (compliant) related process. The industry in general is very fragmented. The aim of this strategy will thus be to create a formalised game meat industry, to achieve economies of scale necessary for commercial ventures based primarily on game meat production, harvesting, processing, distribution, and marketing.”
The proposed vision statement for the Game Meat Industry is “A formalised, thriving and transformed game meat industry in South Africa that contributes to food security and sustainable socio-economic growth.”
The key strategic outcomes according the proposed Strategy will be:
“1. Shift from informal sector where game meat production and harvesting is secondary to hunting, to formal commercial ventures focused on game meat production and the associated full value chain.
2. Reconfigured industry model that promotes economies of scale necessary for substantial and sustainable growth of the sector.
3. Larger game production systems that can consistently meet increased consumer demand.
4. Areas of community owned land repurposed for large-scale commercial game meat production.
5. Commercialised harvesting and processing enterprises ensure effective value-add.
6. Innovative solutions to animal disease constraints on production, marketing, and export.
7. Meaningful ownership of commercial game meat based ventures by previously disadvantaged individuals.
8. Widespread and consistent marketing of game meat with increased demand driving sustainable scaled up production and processing.”
Date posted: 21 July 2022