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News - Levy for Pomegranate Industry on the Cards
Date Published: 4/22/2015 10:00:01 PM

The Pomegranate Association of South Africa is seeking the implementation of statutory measures in the pomegranate industry from 1 January 2016.

The National Agricultural Marketing Council announced the application in Government Gazette 38693 and called for comment on the proposal.

The statutory measures requested include levies, records and returns and registration.

The proposed levy is needed to finance research and technology development and technology transfer, information and statistics, quality standards, consumer education and transformation and training.

A proposed levy of 13c/kg for fresh pomegranates exported for 2016 is contained in the notice. Pomegranates delivered for processing will incur a levy of 7c/kg in 2016.

Comment on the proposed statutory measures is invited until 16 May 2015.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 38701, the agriculture, forestry and fisheries department has published proposed revised import requirements for cattle, sheep and goats from Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland for comment.

South Africa adheres to the Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement) which aims to recognize the sovereign right of members to provide the level of health protection they deem appropriate; and to ensure that SPA measures do not represent “unnecessary, arbitrary, scientifically unjustifiable, or disguised restrictions on international trade”.

In an effort to remain consistent with the SPS Agreement, the import requirements for cattle, sheep and goats from Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland were revised and harmonized.

On 3 February 2014, the Directorate of Animal Health notified all relevant stakeholders and importers via a letter of the revised requirements. The letter also served as a notice of the 1 May 2014 implementation date.

However, on 26 August 2014, the department suspended the implementation of the applicable revised import conditions with immediate effect until an adequate consultation process has been followed. This followed a successful objection on the basis of non-adherence to the spirit of the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act of 2000.

The public is invited to comment on the revised import requirements for cattle, sheep and goats from Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland within 30 days of date of publication.

The revised requirements are available on www.daff.gov.za.

Sabinet Cape Town Office