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Newsletter   (May 2016)


Branches

Overall APF membership has increased slightly in the last year, from 2198 to 2227 members as at the close of 2015. There was a big 42%increase in membership of 162 members in one of our branches, but this was balanced by reductions in six branches. Two of our branches had over 20% losses in membership. Rationalisation in developing industries can have an effect on membership numbers, and we have to think of ways to keep numbers up by making branch membership a sought after goal for new entrants to the industry.

6th International Ratite Symposium

On 6-7 July we have the 6th International Ratite Symposium. This is being held in Stellenbosch, South Africa in conjunction with the South African Society for Animal Science. If you are involved in ratite production you should check out the following web page  www.sasascongress.co.za

23rd World Poultry Congress

The China branch is putting the final details together to deliver a great World Poultry Congress from 5 - 9 September. Details can be found on the congress website  www.wpc2016.cn

6th World Waterfowl Conference

This is to be hosted by the Taiwan branch and held In Taiwan in 2017

11th Asia Pacific Poultry Conference

The next APPC will be in Bangkok in 2018, hosted by the Thailand branch.

Branch conferences

Branch events, conferences, workshops, whatever should be notified at an early stage so they can be advertised on the organisation’s websites. Check out coming events on the WPSA and APF websites.

Branch responsibilities

Branches should begin preparing now for the Council meeting which will be held during the congress. During this important meeting, a new board will be elected. The number and type of vacancies have not yet been officially announced. However it is very likely that there will be enough nominations for some of the various positions to require a vote. If would be a good idea to take a look at the WPSA Constitution and By-laws to familiarise yourselves with the processes involved. Deadlines for proposals for nominations for any of the board positions are stipulated in the constitution and by-laws: www.wpsa.com/images/downloads/2015_Constitution_Bylaws.pdf

Branch secretaries should review all communications from the WPSA Secretariat regarding branch responsibilities at these meetings.

Working Group 1 Small Scale Family Poultry Farming (SSFPF)

A SSFPF symposium is being planned for inclusion in the 10th APPC programme. Details will be announced at a later date. It is interesting to note also that the United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. This is very relevant to our WG and strengthens our promotion of small scale poultry farming. It would be good if there could be more cooperation between all the groups working in the field of poverty reduction through SSFPF. This may well be a point for discussion during the symposium.

Working Group 2 Waterfowl

This is in good heart, under the chairmanship of Dr Jeng-Fang Huang of the Taiwan branch where the next World Waterfowl Conference will take place. Planning is underway for the next World Waterfowl Conference in 2017 in Taiwan.

Working Group 3 Ratites

Formalisation of this working group continued at the last APPC in Jeju. Dr Schalk Cloete from South Africa agreed to take on the role of acting chairman. In Jeju he proposed an international meeting and it was agreed that this should be run under the auspices of the APF WG3. This endeavour is coming to fruition in July this year, as is mentioned earlier in this newsletter.

Dues

Several Federation member branches are behind in payment of their affiliation fees. Invoices will be sent out shortly to Branch Secretaries. Please respond with advice about your payments. The Federation does not have a lot of money, and needs the branch dues to come in to maintain its account. It would be great if your committees could discuss this and make the payments that are due. The fees are not at all high, only 20 cents US per member per year, but of course if it is not paid it does mount up. Please check on this. Check the website (Organisation>About Us>Officers) for our Federation Secretary's contact details.

 


News (13 August 2014)

The WG 3 Ratite Symposium preliminary programme has been announced



Newsletter (August 2014)

Conferences and Meetings

The European Poultry Conference was held in Stavanger, Norway in June and our own 10th Asia Pacific Poultry Conference is to be held on Jeju Island in South Korea, 19-23 October 2014.

Organisation for APPC2014 is well advanced and this conference promises to be the best ever. I encourage you all to attend. The conference website is www.appc2014.org.

During APPC2014 our three working groups will be holding their committee meetings. All branches should select representatives to attend these meetings. The APF committee meeting will also meet. Again each branch should ensure they have a representative at that meeting. Details of meetings will be posted on our website by mid August.

APPC2014 Symposia

Our Working Groups 1 and 3 are organising symposia at APPC2014 in Jeju. The Small Scale Family Poultry Farming Symposium will include presentations by Dr Antonio Rota, IFAD, Rome, Dr Vincent Guyonnet, International Egg Commission, Canada and Dr Fallou Gueye, Coordinator of the INFPD. The main theme of the symposium will be on how to accelerate the promotion of International Network for Family Poultry Development. Plans are to have a good amount of time for a panel discussion. This will be a very interesting and important symposium.

The Ratites Symposium will feature presentations by some of the world’s top ratites specialists. For more detail on the ratites symposium programme please email Dr Irek Malecki (University of Western Australia, Perth) at irek.malecki@uwa.edu.au

Please contribute

From time to time we will produce a newsletter like this one. There must be lots of things happening throughout our Asia Pacific region that everyone would like to hear about. Just a brief summary of what’s going on in your branch, your institution, your research project or on your farm would be of interest to us all. If there are new developments in any discipline or any new products out there, please let us all know. We want to hear from you! Send your contributions via our APF website using “Contact” or use the “Forum”. You will have to get a password to do that though. Details on how to do that are on the website http://www.asiapacificpoultry.com


Newsletter (May 2014)

Branches

I have suggested to the General Secretary that we make an approach to the poultry industries of Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar with the intention of starting new branches. With these three “on board” almost all the countries of South East Asia would have a branch. There are also possibilities in Central Asia and further west. We are working on this, but I’m sure you will understand, it takes time and effort.

Conferences and Meetings

Half way between successive World Poultry Congresses the two Federations’, Europe and Asia Pacific stage their own major conferences. The European Poultry Conference is to be held in Stavanger, Norway and our own 10th Asia Pacific Poultry Conference is to be held on Jeju Island in South Korea. Dates are as follows: EPC 23-27 June 2014 and APPC 19-23 October 2014.

Organisation for APPC2014 is well advanced and this conference promises to be the best ever. I encourage you all to attend. Contact addresses for both conferences are:

www.epc2014.org and www.epc2014.org

During APPC2014 our three working groups will be holding their committee meetings. All branches should select representatives to attend these meetings. The APF committee meeting will also meet. Again each branch should ensure they have a representative at that meeting.

Last November the Vietnam branch hosted the 5th World Waterfowl Conference in Hanoi. This was a very successful event attracting delegates from many parts of the world.

Website

If you have been keeping up with Federation affairs you will know that I have been working on developing a website for our members. The site has been live on the World Wide Web since 18 December 2013. I did notify all branch secretaries and asked them to pass this information on to branch members. I hope this did happen so that this is but a reminder. It is intended as an interactive website for you to use in your day to day work. Please have a good look at it and use the contact box to ask for a log in password. Once you have this you will be able to access the “members only” parts of the site.

Something for Ratites enthusiasts

Up till now biologists have believed New Zealand’s native bird the Kiwi’s closest relatives were the Emu and Cassowary. Now new DNA testing techniques have shown the Kiwi is in fact most closely related to the long extinct Madagascan Elephant bird. This was a flightless giant standing up to 3 m tall and weighing 275 kg. It is rather bizarre since the Kiwi is fairly small, 2 or 3 kg. It turns out that the Kiwi and the Elephant bird are both descendants of small flying ratites thought to have originated in Antarctica tens of millions of years ago. Fossils with distinctive ratites head and beak support this. At that time dinosaurs had become extinct and mammals were still small rodent like creatures, allowing the new ratite arrivals to develop into large flightless herbivores in Madagascar. But the opposite happened in New Zealand where the new arrivals found competition with a large flightless ratite herbivore already there called the Moa (now extinct). So the Kiwi developed as a small flightless insect eating ratite.

(Mitchell et al., Science, 344 (6186): 898-900) http://www.sciencemag.org/content/344/6186/898

(from Fairfax NZ)

Working Group 1 Small Scale Family Poultry Farming (SSFPF)

A SSFPF symposium is being planned for inclusion in the 10th APPC programme. Details will be announced at a later date. It is interesting to note also that the United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. This is very relevant to our WG and strengthens our promotion of small scale poultry farming. It would be good if there could be more cooperation between all the groups working in the field of poverty reduction through SSFPF. This may well be a point for discussion during the symposium.

Newsletter

This is the first newsletter for a long time. I hope to make it more regular from now on. It would be very helpful if branches could submit news items to the newsletter. Perhaps each branch could appoint a communications officer to take on this responsibility. The newsletter will be circulated to all members for whom we have email addresses. It will also be available on our website www.asiapacificpoultry.com Submitting news items can be done via the website.

Dues

I don’t really like to talk about money, but sometimes it has to be done. Several Federation member branches are behind in payment of their affiliation fees. It would be great if your committees could discuss this and make the payments that are due. The fees are not at all high, only 20 cents US per member per year, but of course if it is not paid it does mount up. Please check on this. Check the website (Organisation>About Us>Officers) for our Federation Secretary’s contact details.

Thanks

To all those who have taken on voluntary roles in WPSA, whether as branch committee members, Working Group Presidents, whatever, a big thank you for your great contribution to making the Asia Pacific Federation of World Poultry Science Association branches a stronger and more vibrant organisation.

Kind regards to all members.

Alan

AM Gibbins

President

Asia Pacific Federation, WPSA    


Website Live (16 Dec 2013)

It is very pleasing to be able to announce that the Asia Pacific Federation website has at last been given life. Please return any comment, criticism, whatever either using the Forum function or direct to the site manager using the Contact Box.