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National Agricultural Marketing Council Seeks Comment on Soybeans Application

July 29, 2020

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

The SA Cultivar and Technology Agency (SACTA) has applied for the continuation of the statutory levy on soybeans until February 2023.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development department announced the application in Government Gazette 43542.

According to the notice, SACTA seeks the continuation of levies on soybeans for breeding and technology purposes.

The statutory levy is set to lapse on 28 February 2021.

SACTA holds the view that the continuation of the statutory levy will stimulate and ensure new breeding technology in the industry.

The proposed levy is R57 per metric ton for the first year and R55 per metric ton for the second year up to 28 February 2023.

Directly affected groups in the oilseeds industry are invited to submit comments or objections to the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) until 31 July 2020.

In Notice 389, the NAMC has called for comment or objections on the South African Grain Farmers Association’s request to establish statutory levies (VAT excluded) for the different winter cereal commodities to be collected and administered by the Winter Cereal Trust for a period of four years.

Proposed statutory measures include R 14.50 per metric ton for wheat, R 14.50 per metric ton for barley and R6,00 per metric ton for oats.

The current statutory measure regarding levies on wheat and barley will expire on 30 September 2020.

Comment is invited until 7 August 2020.