Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
5 July 2019
Regulations Relating to the Grading, Packing and Marking of Dehydrated Vegetables intended for sale in South Africa are to be repealed.
The agriculture, land reform and rural development department published its intention to repeal the regulations in Government Gazette 42561 in terms of the Agricultural Product Standards Act.
The regulations were published in 1970.
Comment on the proposed repeal is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.
Meanwhile, in Notice 352, the National Agricultural Marketing Council has requested comments from pomegranate industry role players on an application for the continuation of statutory measures.
The application was made by the Pomegranate Association of South Africa (POMASA).
The statutory measures refer to levies, registration and record & returns on domestic production and imported pomegranates (fresh as well as processed).
According to the notice, the current statutory measures will lapse on 31 December 2019.
POMASA wants the measures to continue for a new four-year period commencing on 1 January 2020.
The proposed levy will finance research projects, information and technology transfer; market information, statistics and logistical efficiencies; trade and market access issues; communication; transformation & training and administration.
The proposed levy for 2020 stands at 15c/kg for Fresh (Extra Class and Class 1) and 9c/kg for Processing (Class 2).
POMASA holds the view that the continuation of the statutory measures will “assist in promoting the efficiency of the marketing of pomegranates and its products”.
Comment on the proposed continuation of the measures is invited until 26 July 2019.