WPF and KZNPI Officially Open New Facilities
The KwaZulu-Natal Poultry Institute recently hosted its year-end function and officially opened the new facilities generously sponsored by the World Poultry Foundation (WPF). The institute, which is located in the Bisley Valley Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg, has been in existence for 28 years and has a solid reputation for poultry training excellence. In particular, the training farm on the institute’s premises offers unparalleled opportunities for hands-on practical teaching in poultry flock management.
Members and visitors were invited to walk around the grounds to view the new buildings donated by WPF. During an unexpected but very welcome rain shower, long-standing KZNPI president Mr. Seo Mtetwa did the honors by cutting the ribbon to the new biosecurity shower block. This building offers eight modern showers which are a big improvement on the existing biosecurity shower block. Biosecurity is a crucial part of poultry farming and all staff and trainees at KZNPI must undertake biosecurity procedures which include showering and the use of protective clothing.
The new showers will increase the time available for practical on-farm learning as groups of delegates can now be kitted out and ready for farm learning in a quarter of the time previously needed. The new gas geysers will ensure that the hot water never runs out – this is especially important in cold winter months!