Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
At a recent service delivery forum, the agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister, Senzeni Zokwana, announced that his department has begun the process of reviewing the Fertilisers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act.
The aim of the review is to ensure that the act is aligned to the current aim of government to ensure easier access and improved turnaround times.
According to the minister, the agriculture, forestry and fisheries department plans to split the act into three separate acts.
The act currently provides for the registration of:
• Farm feeds;
• Agricultural remedies;
• Stock remedies;
• Sterilising plants; and
• Pest control operators.
It also regulates or prohibits the importation, sale, acquisition, disposal or use of fertilisers, farm feeds, agricultural remedies and stock remedies.
Farmers and agribusiness stakeholders have been urged to contribute meaningfully to the consultation workshops that the department will soon undertake.
The minister also pointed out that the process to hand out 15 year fishing rights to co-operatives was underway.
75 registered co-operatives comprised of 5335 small-scale fishers in the Eastern Cape; 45 registered co-operatives comprised of 2184 small-scale fishers in KwaZulu-Natal and cooperatives consisting of over 2500 small-scale fishers in the Western Cape will be the recipients.