Specialty Breeds Chicken Policy

Specialty Breeds Chicken Policy-No.252-2020 (the Policy) became effective on September 29th, 2020. Evolving from the old Specialty Breeds Chicken Policy (No.246-2019) developed in 2014, the Policy adapts to the evolving market and aims to further enable and support incremental growth by integrating key amendments. The Policy amendments reflect the Board’s strategic commitment to Modern, Responsible Regulation and speaks to changes that aim to enhance program administration, modernize the legacy specialty breeds program, and increase opportunities for further growth across the specialty breeds chicken sector value chain.

Specialty Breeds Allotment (SBA)

The Policy defines the Specialty Breeds Allotment (SBA) by specifying a maximum amount of kilograms to be allotted over six consecutive quota periods; This maximum amount will be determined on an annual basis - every 6 quota periods. With this annual allocation, farmer-members now have a greater flexibility to meet the market demand by adjusting their production when needed, this adjustment is reflected through the Specialty commitment form submitted to CFC every two quota periods.

SBA Allotment Process

The Policy specifies the SBA Allotment Process. CFO will allot the SBA through an annual allocation form, which is to be signed by each farmer-member. The annual allocation will be renewed ever 6 quota periods. Upon renewal, the Board will determine and allot SBA to an SBA holder in an amount equal to the average number of kilograms of specialty breeds chicken grown over the previous twelve quota periods by that SBA holder. 

Growth Distribution Mechanism

The Policy provides a growth distribution mechanism which enables a sustainable and stronger supply platform. CFO, on an annual basis, will determine whether to allot additional kilograms of SBA. Such additional SBA kilograms will be at the discretion of the Board with consideration to new applicants wishing to enter the specialty breeds sector If an SBA holder would like to ask for a volume greater than the allotted, an application for a different SBA must be supported by a business plan.

Production Optimization & Market Commitment

The Policy enhances production optimization and market commitment. In the event that the farmer-member under or over produces in relation to the annual SBA allotted, the Board may, on renewal, adjust the SBA available to that farmer-member for the subsequent six quota periods.

Specialty Market Advisory Team (SMAT)

The Policy reforms the Specialty Market Advisory Team (SMAT) to enhance program administration. Placed under the heading of “Continuous Improvement”, the proposed role of the SMAT is to provide support to the Board in its stewarding of the specialty breeds chicken sector. SMAT does not have any decision-making authority and will be governed by a Board approved charter. 

The Specialty Breeds Chicken Program, through policy enabler, will continue to adapt and evolve to access and meet current and future consumer markets and to expand our farmer-member base, which will further ensure the industry profitability and sustainability through mutually advantageous and continuous improvements. 

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What are the differences in the previous allotment process?
The Policy redefines the Specialty Breeds Allotment (SBA) – amendments specify a maximum amount of kilograms to be allotted over six consecutive quota periods (sections 3.0 (l) and 7.01);

An annual allocation form will be signed by each farmer-member every 6 quota periods.
Do I still need to send the CFC commitment form?
Yes, the annual allocation form is not to replace the CFC commitment form.

The Policy provides greater flexibility to meet the market – amendments permit farmer-members to adjust their production in accordance with their allotted SBA to meet seasonal demand and other market fluctuations (section 7.01).
How is the annual (6 quota periods) volume determined?
The Policy modernized SBA Allotment Process – amendments contemplate that upon renewal, the Board will determine and allot SBA to an SBA holder in an amount equal to the average number of kilograms of specialty breeds chicken grown over the previous twelve quota periods by that SBA holder. An application for a different SBA must be supported by a business plan (section 7.09).
How is growth distributed?
The Policy enables a sustainable, polycentric Growth - CFO, on an annual basis, will determine whether to allot additional kilograms of SBA. Such additional SBA kilograms will be at the discretion of the Board with consideration to new applicants wishing to enter the specialty breeds sector (section 7.10).
What would happen if I underproduce or overproduce?
The Policy enhances production optimization and control - In the event that the farmer-member under or over produces in relation to the SBA allotted, the Board may, on renewal, adjust the SBA available to that farmer-member for the subsequent six quota periods (section 7.13).
What are the changes to the program administration?
The Policy reforms the Specialty Market Advisory Team (SMAT) – the proposed role of the SMAT is to provide support to the Board in its stewarding of the specialty breeds chicken sector. The SMAT does not have any decision-making authority (sections 3.0 (r) and 11.01).

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