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Workshops on Feeds and Pet Food Bill Underway

September 30, 2019

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

30 September 2019

Public consultation workshops on the Draft Feeds and Pet Food Bill as well as the Draft Fertilizer Bill are underway.

The Draft Feeds and Pet Food Bill was published for comment in February 2019.

It aims to provide:


• for the regulation of feed and pet food;
• for the regulation of feed ingredients used in the manufacturing of feed and pet food;
• for the licensing or registration of facilities used for the manufacturing of feed or pet food;
• for the appointment of a Registrar to administer the Act;
• for the appointment of advisory committees;
• for advisers, assignees, auditors, and inspectors to assist the Registrar in the exercise of his or her powers in the regulation, compliance monitoring and enforcement of this Act; and
• for matters connected therewith.

The Draft Fertilizer Bill was published for comment in October 2018.

It aims to provide:


• for the regulation of fertilizers;
• for the regulation of raw material used in the manufacturing of fertilizers;
• for the licensing of facilities used for the manufacturing of fertilizers;
• for the appointment of a Registrar to administer the Act;
• for the appointment of advisory committees;
• for advisers, assignees, auditors, and inspectors to assist the Registrar in the exercise of his or her powers in the regulation, compliance monitoring and enforcement of this Act; and
• for matters connected therewith.

According to an agriculture, land reform and rural development statement, major changes proposed in the draft bills include the “licensing of facilities that manufacture fertilisers, animal feed and pet food, moving away from the current model of pre-approval of all animal feed products before putting them on the market. Another change is that feed manufactured on commercial farms will now be regulated, resulting in some farms being required to register their manufacturing facilities”.

The workshops kicked off in the North West on 26 September 2019 and will conclude in Gauteng on 24 October 2019.

Meanwhile, the department published regulations relating to the Agricultural Product Standards Act in Government Gazette 42726:


• Notice 1259 – Regulations Regarding Departmental Fees – fees listed include analysis, inspection and audit fees (local and import); analysis fees (export); fees for colour charts (local, import and export); local and import appeal fees and export appeal fees.
• Notice 1260 – Regulations Regarding Appeal Procedures – focus on lodging of an appeal; payment of appeal fees; appointment of an appeal board and proceedings on appeals.

Both sets of regulations came into effect on the date of publication.