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Statutory Measures on Citrus Fruit Under the Spotlight

July 14, 2020

Development of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

The Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa (CGA) has called for the continuation of statutory measures on citrus fruit.

The National Agricultural Marketing Council announced the application in Government Gazette 43514.

The statutory measures refer to levies, records and returns and registration on citrus fruit produced, passed and packed for export, in terms of the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act of 1996.

According to the notice, the current statutory measures will expire on 30 December 2020.

The CGA call for the measures to apply for another four years.

“By combining compulsory registration with the keeping of information and the rendering of returns on an individual basis, market information for the whole of the industry can be processed and disseminated and will form the basis for the collection of statutory levies.”

The proposed new levy amount per 15 kilogram carton stands at R1,64 for 2021 increasing to R1,79 in 2024.

Comment is invited until 31 July 2020.

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The applications focus on agricultural, vegetable and fruit crops and ornamental plants.

Objections must be submitted in writing to the Registrar of Plant Breeders’ Rights within three months with reference to denominations, and within six months with reference to applications and grants from the date of publication.

The department recently briefed parliament on its revisions to the 2020/2021 Annual Performance Plan.

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