Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
23 April 2019
The agriculture, forestry and fisheries department has established statutory measures for the registration of certain persons and records and returns for pome fruit, stone fruit, grapes and citrus fruit.
Pome fruit include apples and pears, while stone fruit include plums, prunes, peaches, nectarines and apricots.
The following Notices in Government Gazette 42392 apply:
• Notice 579: Establishment of statutory measure – registration of certain persons: the purpose and aims of this statutory measure are to compel exporters and producers of fruit to register with Agri-hub; and
• Notice 580: Establishment of statutory measure – records and returns: the purpose and aims of this statutory measure are to compel exporters and producers of fruit to keep records and furnish returns to Agri-hub.
Stakeholders can register as either a producer or an exporter or an importer or municipal market or retailer or processor.
Producers who also export or import must register as a producer and as an exporter or importer.
Registration ensures that market information in respect of fruit is made available for all role-players in the relevant industry.
Both these statutory measures came into operation on the date of publication of the Notices and will lapse four years later.
Meanwhile, the National Agricultural Marketing Council has, in Notice 211 in Gazette 42391, received a request from HORTGRO for the continuation of statutory measures (levies, records & returns, and registration) on pome fruit and stone fruit in terms of the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act.
The request was that the proposed statutory measures be approved for a new four-year period with effect from 1 October 2019 and lapse four years later.
The application includes dried tree fruit (pome and stone).
Those interested in submitting written comments on the request should do so by no later than 10 May 2019.
In a separate matter, the agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister has given notice of his intention to declare State Forests Properties as set out in the National Forests Act as Forest Nature Reserves.
This was published in Notice 210.
Interested and affected parties are invited to submit written representation on or objections to the proposed declaration within 60 days from the date of the Notice.