Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
Levies on fynbos products have been set down.
The agriculture, land reform and rural development department announced the setting up of the statutory measure and determination of levies on fynbos products in Government Gazette 43703.
The statutory measure was set up in terms of the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act.
According to the notice, the levy is needed by Cape Flora SA (CFSA) to fund research projects, technical information and technology transfer; quality control, standards and certification; information and statistics; communication, market access; and transformation and training for the fynbos industry.
The statutory measure, in effect on the date of publication, applies to all fynbos destined for export as defined.
Levies are set down from 2020 until 2023.
Other notices relating to the statutory measure include:
• Notice 984 – registration of producers, packers and exporters of fynbos products – all producers, packers and exporters of fynbos products must register with CFSA within 30 days of the date of publication – registration is necessary to assist the CFSA in ensuring that continuous, timeous and accurate information relating to the fynbos industry is available to all role players.
• Notice 985 – records and returns relating to fynbos products as well as production and export information of fynbos products – all producers, packers and exporters of fynbos products shall keep such records and render the returns as may be required by CFSA within 15 days after the end of the month in which the returns have been requested.
Both notices came into effect on the date of publication.
Meanwhile, in a statement, the department announced that a technical task team that will work on facilitating market access on agricultural products into the United States (US) market is to be set up.
The announcement follows a meeting between the agriculture, land reform and rural development minister, Thoko Didiza, and the US Ambassador to South Africa, Lana Marks, to discuss agricultural trade relations of mutual interest to both countries.
The minister holds the view that the “transformation of the sector as envisaged through the Agriculture and Agro-processing Master Plan will ensure that as a country we can increase our volumes for trade, which will bring great benefits for the country’s economy”.
In another statement, the department referred to the 15.1% increase in growth in the agricultural sector in Quarter 2 of 2020.
“Agricultural growth is a direct result of adaptive farming systems and good harvest crop obtained in grains, fruits and animal products. Export oriented products such as fruits, fibre and processed products boosted sectoral growth in the second quarter of 2020.”
The department pointed out that the double-digit growth in agriculture for two consecutive quarters affirms the critical role agriculture could play in driving economic recovery and growth in South Africa post COVID-19.