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Statutory Measure on Fruit Fly Control Programme in Place

December 4, 2020

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

A statutory measure on planted hectares for funding of an integrated area wide fruit fly control programme is in place.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development department published the statutory measure in Government Gazette 43952.

The statutory measure was drawn up in terms of the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act.

According to the notice, the levy is needed by the Fruit Industry to collect the producers’ contribution for the integrated area wide fruit fly control programmes in specified production regions.

“FruitFly Africa will administer and spend the collected funds on behalf of the producers in the specified production regions and will account and report separately thereon.”

The statutory measure applies to all planted hectares in the specific production regions listed.

The amount of the levy varies between the specified production regions.

The statutory measure comes into operation on the date of publication and lapses 4 years later.

Meanwhile, the department recently briefed parliament on the State Land Lease and Disposal Policy.

Applications opened on 15 October 2020 and ran until 20 November 2020.

According to the department, the capturing of all application forms will be completed by 13 December 2020.

Other steps in the process include validation and confirmation of applications received from 15 to 21 December 2020, screening against mandatory and eligibility criteria to be completed by 22 December, scoring of applicants to be completed by 24 December 2020, shortlisting of top 6 applicants to be completed by 11 January 2021, asset verification and site visits to applicants’ current property to be completed by 25 January 2021, site visit to advertised property by shortlisted and verified applicants to be completed by 29 January 2021 and interviews and recommendation to commence from 18 January 2021 provided no disputes are in place.

In terms of capacity requirements to administer leases, the department pointed out that its property portfolio has grown substantially in the past 11 years due to the abolition of grants but the growth of the portfolio was not matched with the capacity to manage resulting in an imbalance.

“There are imminent policy changes in land redistribution that may result in freehold tenure being reintroduced at scale, thereby reducing the property portfolio of the Department, which will in turn recreate the balance between the portfolio and capacity.”