Milk producers in the Eastern Cape gathered at Blomfontein, a smart venue in the Eastern Cape near Cradock to attend the AGM of the MPO Eastern Cape. Lourens Gildenhuys, chairman of MPO Eastern Cape, handled the agenda of the meeting. He presented the chairman’s report in which he thanked Zola Gebeda, vice-chairman of the province for his contribution. He pointed out that it was less expensive to produce milk on pastures but that farmers in the coastal areas following this feeding strategy were also more vulnerable to fluctuations in the milk price. Dr Koos Coetzee, MPO chief economist, gave an overview of the local and international dairy market while Lieb Venter, chief executive of Farmvision, shared information on the challenges milk farmers face and the opportunities they have. Dr Chris van Dijk, MPO CEO, discussed the findings of a recent MPO survey with members and Nigel Lok, chairman of the national MPO, encouraged the farmers. He believes that the milk industry is healthy and that farmers should know there is light in the tunnel. Louie Diedericks of Waikato singled out the benefits of using technology. Following the conclusion of the congress, the farmers were treated to a delicious formal dinner. Andries Vermeulen, the television personality known for the KykNet programme Oppiestoep, entertained the farmers and their partners during the meal. Farmers were able to enjoy a final breakfast the next morning, after which everyone greeted one another for the year.
Published on Mon, 5th Sep 2016 - 12:30