Our Purpose

To protect the National Flock through surveillance, monitoring and management of diseases which threaten the health of the flock and food security.

Strategic Goals

To have direct involvement in poultry disease control measures, through:

  • Influencing policy for controlled diseases
  • Disease surveillance of commercial and non-commercial sectors of the poultry sector
  • Reduction of disease levels nationally, including microbials
  • Rapid response mechanisms to local and exotic disease threats
  • Improving veterinary and animal health training within South Africa
  • Collaboration with ostrich industry- mutual benefits from improved disease control
  • Achieving and maintaining export status for the benefit of both industries
  • Establishing a formal public/private partnership (PPP), where the state delegates certain regulatory functions to the PDMA
  • Reducing the levels of residues in poultry meat through the residue monitoring program

Strategic Partners

South African Poultry Association (SAPA)




Developing Poultry Farmers organisation (DPFO)

Other Government Role Players







National Department of Agriculture and Role Players

Department of Health

Provincial Departments of Agric

Government laboratories

Other Partners

Private laboratories

Private vets

Poultry specialists


Animal Health Products

Animal Health Forum


National Agriculture Marketing Council

Consumer organisations


Strategic Priorities

  • Engage national and local government on issues of disease control in the South African poultry industry.
  • Make use of the database of poultry farms in South Africa to assist DAFF with monitoring of notifiable disease such as Avian Influenza, Salmonella and Newcastle Disease, while using it to develop monitoring programmes for important disease such as Infectious Bronchitis.
  • Appoint or designate veterinarians with expertise in poultry diseases in each Province who would be available to assist state veterinarians in the event of disease outbreaks in commercial, smallholder and subsistence poultry in those provinces.
  • Investigate the role of the PDMA in training state veterinarians and/or Animal Health Technicians so as to improve the service delivered by the state in the event of disease outbreaks on poultry farms.
  • Consider developing a residue monitoring programme for poultry products nationally, or at least a database of residue monitoring data which is available.
  • Deliver improved technical and veterinary support to smallholder poultry farmers so that they can achieve greater production success in collaboration with State Veterinary services or through the PDMA’s own initiatives.
  • Collaborate with the ostrich industry.