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Fishing Rights Allocation Process Under the Spotlight

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

The agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister, Senzeni Zokwana, is still re-considering the appeals received from Category B and Category C Appellants in the Hake Inshore Trawl fishing sector in compliance with a court order.

In a briefing to parliament on the Fishing Rights Allocation Process (FRAP), the department confirmed that the process is at an advanced stage and should be finalised by the end of November 2018.

2018/19 West Coast Rock Lobster TAC Announced

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

The 2018/19 West Coast Rock Lobster (WCRL) Total Allowable Catch (TAC) and Recreational Fishing Season has been announced.

In a statement, the agriculture, forestry and fisheries department declared that a TAC of 1084 tons has been determined for the 2018/19 fishing season as compared to 1924.08 tons last year.

Parliament Passes Plant Improvement and Plant Breeders’ Rights Bills

Parliament

Parliament has passed two key pieces of proposed legislation on plants and sent the two bills to president Ramaphosa for assent.

The Plant Improvement Bill and the Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill were tabled in parliament in March 2015.

Protocol on Wine Labelling Signed

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

The agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister, Senzeni Zokwana, has signed the Protocol to the 2007 World Wine Trade Group Agreement on Wine Labelling in Washington, USA.

In a statement, the department confirmed that the Agreement focuses on the Requirements for Wine Labelling concerning Alcohol Tolerance, Vintage, Variety and Wine Regions.

Draft Animal Welfare Bill Under Construction

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

A new Animal Welfare Act is under construction.

The agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister, Senzeni Zokwana, revealed this in a written reply.

Advisory Forum for Marine Living Resources Set Up

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

The agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister, Senzeni Zokwana, has set up a Consultative Advisory Forum for Marine Living Resources.

An invitation for nominations for members was published in Notice 942 in Government Gazette 41896.

NA Passes National Forests Amendment Bill

Parliament

The National Forests Amendment Bill has been passed by the national assembly and sent to the national council of provinces for concurrence.

The bill was tabled in parliament in July 2016.

DAFF Shines Spotlight on Producer Development Support

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

A Draft National Policy on Comprehensive Producer Development Support has been drawn up.

The agriculture, forestry and fisheries department published the proposed policy in Government Gazette 41811 for comment.

Appeals Advisory Team on Rock Lobster Set Up

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

An Appeals Advisory Team on the Fisheries Rights Allocation Process (FRAP2015/16) for West Coast Rock Lobster has been appointed.

The agriculture, forestry and fisheries minister, Senzeni Zokwana, announced this during an update on progress on the allocation of fishing rights.

Guideline Price for Soybeans Set Down

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

A new guideline price for soybeans in terms of the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act has been determined.

The new guideline price was published, along with the establishment of the statutory measure relating to levies, in Notice 711 in Government Gazette 41767.

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