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NAMC Seeks Comment on Maize and Wheat Application

August 16, 2019

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

16 August 2019

The National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) has received an application to amend the statutory measure on maize and wheat.

The agriculture, forestry and fisheries department published a call for comment on the application in Government Gazette 42636.

The statutory measure, focused on records and returns in respect of weekly imports of maize and wheat, is set to lapse on 30 April 2020.

In 2018, the statutory measure was amended to include that maize that is intended to be imported or exported, be reported on, eight weeks prior to the date on which the vessel transporting the maize arrive or depart from South Africa.

The Wheat, Sunflower and Soybean Forums submitted the application to amend the statutory measure to include soybean and/or sunflower in the records to be kept and weekly returns to be issued to the South African Grain Information Service (SAGIS) on imports and exports and to include wheat, soybean and/or sunflower in weekly declarations to SAGIS on intentions to import or export, eight weeks prior to the date on which the vessel transporting these products arrive or depart from South Africa.

According to the notice, information on intentions for the import and export of grains is essential for the agricultural and commodity markets to operate effectively.

Meanwhile, in Notice 427, NAMC has called for comment on a request by SAGIS for the continuation of statutory measures on registration, records and returns in respect of maize, winter cereals, sorghum and oilseeds and weekly records and returns for imports and exports of whole maize and wheat.

SAGIS has requested that the statutory measures, set to expire on 30 April 2020, be extended for a further period of four years to lapse on 30 April 2024.

Comment on both notices is invited until 30 August 2019.