South African Ostrich Business Chamber

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The South African Ostrich Business Chamber (SAOBC) is an association that serves to represent the industry of producers and processors of ostriches and ostrich products.

The South African Ostrich Business Chamber (SAOBC) is a non-profit organisation aimed at organising and providing the ostrich industry with a support structure. It promotes the interests of ostrich producers and processors and supports the development and success of the ostrich industry. The association has the responsibility to protect the economic viability of the ostrich industry and ensure that it maintains its sustainability.

By coordinating with industry producers, processors, distributors and partners, the SAOBC liaises between all these facets of the ostrich industry and with the government to create and undisrupted flow of research, market information, legislation and policies regarding the farming of ostriches and production and processing of ostrich products.

The SAOBC works to align the South African ostrich industry and its roleplayers with international standards. This is to ensure that the South African ostrich industry functions to uphold those standards through sustainable farming practices, processing, meeting the export requirements, protecting biodiversity in practicing biosecurity and the humane treatment of ostriches as required by the industry’s code of conduct. South African Ostrich Business Chamber invests in research to ensure the quality, volume and production of ostrich products continually improves.

Through the association, producers are able to access research and information on ostrich farming methods and the marketability and processing of ostrich products. SAOBC’s intention is to develop alliances and partners, both locally and internationally to increase the production, awareness and consumption of ostriches and ostrich products.

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