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Statutory Levy on Mediterranean Fruit Fly on the Cards

June 30, 2020

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

A per hectare statutory levy to fund the area wide Mediterranean fruit fly control programme is on the cards.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development department announced the request for the levy in Government Gazette 43474.

FruitFly Africa (Pty) Ltd, in June 2020, requested a per hectare statutory levy to continue the funding of the area wide Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) control programme in selected production regions for a new four-year period, namely 2020/21 – 2023/24.

According to the notice, the current statutory levy is set to expire on 22 September 2020.

The proposal is for a differentiated levy to be introduced in the “respective production regions based on the needs and unique requirements in terms of international best practice and tailor-made strategies for such areas”.

The National Agricultural Marketing Council seeks comment on the proposed statutory levy until 10 July 2020.

In Notice 348, the Agency for Food Safety has set down the inspection fees for poultry meat, eggs and processed meat products.

The inspection fee for eggs stands at R0.0007 per egg per month while the laboratory fee for processed meat products is R788.00 per sample/test for fat content and R499.00 per sample/test for Calcium Determination (MRM only).

Meanwhile, in Notice 349, the South African Veterinary Council has called for the nomination of a candidate for the election of a council member for the remainder of term of office (1 August 2019 to 31 July 2022).

Nomination forms are invited until 24 July 2020.

In Board Notice 76, the Wine and Spirit Board repealed Board Notice 56 of 15 May 2020 and stipulates that Perdeberg can only be permitted as a descriptor in the wording of Wine of Origin Paardeberg wines.