The strategy and implementation plan are aimed at creating a formalised, thriving and transformed game meat industry.
The public has the chance to comment on the draft Game Meat Strategy for South Africa, which seeks to formalise the industry and create economic growth.
Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Barbara Creecy is calling for public input on the draft Game Meat Strategy 2022 within 30 days of publication of the Gazette.
“The strategy and implementation plan are aimed at creating a formalised, thriving and transformed game meat industry in South Africa that contributes to food security and sustainable socio-economic growth,” said Creecy.
She added that their aim is to attract investment in the sector and open up market opportunities.
“The game meat industry, mainly a by-product of hunting, is predominantly an informal industry that operates in a fragmented manner,” she said.
“The industry is largely untransformed, and there is a very low participation rate of previously disadvantaged individuals.
“In addition, there are large areas of community-owned land suitable for plains game, which provides opportunity for community-based enterprises to drive rural socio-economic development.”
She emphasised this would be founded on biodiversity-based land use, which is “leveraged to create wealth, jobs, and climate-friendly and resilient meat-based food security”.
Creecy explained the strategy acknowledges the significant contribution being made by current wildlife businesses and the various associations that drive critical elements of the value chain.
“Key to taking the new strategy will be to harness their experience and expertise,” said Creecy. “New private sector investments will be needed, and partnerships and collaborations are essential.”
She said the department would engage with current and potential industry participants, including through the Wildlife Forum, for collective engagement.