Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
The National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) has called for comment on a request to continue statutory measures on the winter cereal industry.
The agriculture, land reform and rural development department published the application in Government Gazette 43015.
The SA Cultivar and Technology Agency (SACTA) called for the continuation of levies on wheat, barley and oats for breeding and technology purposes.
According to NAMC, the statutory levy on wheat, barley and oats of R30 per ton (VAT excl) to fund seed breeding and technology administered by SACTA will lapse on 30 September 2020.
SACTA wants the levy to continue for two years and then increase to R32 per ton in 2022.
The levy will be payable to SACTA by buyers, processors and persons issuing a silo receipt, and will be recovered from producers.
Comments are invited until 28 February 2020.
Meanwhile, the department has published adjusted fees for pests, animal identification and plant improvement:
• Gazette 43016 – Agricultural Pests Act – control measures – in effect 1 April 2020;
• Gazette 43016 – Agricultural Pests Act – Table 1 of regulations – in effect 1 April 2020;
• Gazette 43015 – Animal Identification Act – Table 1 of regulations;
• Gazette 43015 – Plant Improvement Act – regulations relating to establishments, varieties, plants and propagating material- Table 1 of regulations – in effect 1 April 2020.
In Gazette 43015, the department published applications for plant breeders’ rights for the period October 2019 to December 2019.
Applications focus on agricultural, vegetable and fruit crops and ornamental plants.
Objections invited within three months with reference to denominations and within six months with reference to applications and grants from date of publication.