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Comment on Farm Planning Regulation Extended

May 18, 2021

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

The comment period for the Draft Farm Planning Regulation has been extended.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development department announced the extension in Government Gazette 44575.

The Draft Regulation was first published for comment in Gazette 44029 in December 2020 in terms of the Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act.

The Draft Regulation is designed to promote farm planning in support of sustainable management of agricultural land in order to maintain the production potential of land and to prevent degradation of natural agricultural resources as specified in the act.

Categories of agricultural land prioritized for application include land under government funded programmes, land under direction in terms of section 7 of the act and land subject to degradation in contravention of the objects of the act.

The Draft Regulation focuses on classification of soil conservation works, farm plan and farm plan register.

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

In Gazette 44571, the department announced an amendment to standards and requirements regarding control of the export of citrus fruits in terms of the Agricultural Product Standards Act.

The amendments kick in seven days after publication.

In Gazette 44576, the department published the revised tariff structure for 2021/22 for the goods and services provided by the department in terms of the Subdivision of Agricultural Land Act and Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act.

The tariff for appeals under the Subdivision of Agricultural Land Act is set at R6 362 per appeal and R1 249 per appeal in terms of the Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act.

In Gazette 44572, the department published revised fees payable in terms of the Liquor Products Act.

A new Regulation 9 on appeals is inserted into the regulations.

It stipulates that the amount payable to lodge an appeal referred to in section 22(2) of the act shall be the fee specified in item 10(a) of the Table and the allowances payable to a member of an appeal board referred to in section 22(5) of the act shall be the fees specified in item 10(b) of the Table.

The fee for lodging of an appeal against a decision or direction of the administering officer or the Wine and Spirit Board is set at R7 245 per appeal.