Funding for research and development has changed over the years. This is a short summary.
Since the 1930’s the organized Red Meat Industry in South Africa contributed financially to R & D when the Meat Board supported the developmental research of the Dorper sheep. Through ensuing years, the Meat Board, various individual organisations like cattle breeders’ associations, SAMIC, RMRDT (Red Meat Research and Development Trust of SA) and since 2006, the RMIF (Red Meat Industry Forum of SA) and SAPPO’s R & D Portfolio Committee, all contributed financially to R & D concerned with red meat production processes and products derived from red meat producing livestock.
These included the funding of the establishment and functioning of Livestock Improvement Schemes (like the central performance testing stations for beef cattle and pigs), research facilities (at universities and the Meat Industry Centre at Irene) and the execution of numerous research projects – many of them leading to post graduate qualifications of research personnel.
The Red Meat Industry does not do the research itself but outsources the task to recognised research institutions, like institutes of the ARC (Agricultural Research Council), universities and Provincial Departments of Agriculture.
(See Item 8.2 for the names of specific research institutions where pig / pork projects were / are done).
The process is facilitated by RMRD SA since 2009. RMRD SA refers to the service provider administrating the research funds deriving from the RMRDT, the Statutory Levy and other funding schemes.