Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
A statutory measure on table grapes is in place.
The agriculture, land reform and rural development department announced the statutory measure on registration of producers and exporters of table grapes in Government Gazette 43835.
It was established in terms of the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act.
The statutory measure is designed to compel the relevant parties to register with the South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) and promote the efficiency of the marketing of table grapes.
It applies to all inspected volumes of table grapes passed for export.
The statutory measure came into effect on the date of publication and will lapse in four years.
Other statutory measures include:
• Notice 1136 – determination of levies on table grapes – levy is needed by SATI to fund and facilitate market access; information and communication; research and development programmes and technology transfer; transformation and training, and administration for table grapes – levy set at 52,3 cents per 4.5 kg equivalent carton (11,62 cents per kg) in 2021 rising to 63,5 cents per 4.5 kg equivalent carton (14,11 cents per kg) in 2024.
• Notice 1137 – records and returns relating to vines; as well as production and market information of table grapes – designed to compel relevant parties to keep records and render returns to the SATI – in effect on date of publication and to lapse in four years.
Meanwhile, in Gazette 43834, the department published applications for plant breeders’ rights in terms of the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act.
Applications focus on agricultural crops, vegetable crops, ornamental plants and fruit crops.