Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 4th Quarter 2014/15 & 1st Quarter 2015/16 Performance
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) highlighted that it had recorded the highest growth rate of 72% in the export of wood.
Some key highlights were that the Department has finalised the Integrated Development Finance Framework with the Land Bank and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR). Three Bills (Plant Breeders’ Right Bill; Plant Improvement Bill; and the Performing Animals Protection Amendment Bill) were approved by Cabinet and are being discussed by Parliament.
Intra-African trade increased by 44,8% during the past financial year. The main products that drove the increase were fruits such as apples, fresh grapes and pears while wine, sugar, maize and fish remain the major contributors to exports.
The up scaling of the certification programme through the South African Good Agricultural Practices (SA-GAP) led to higher achievement. 39 producers who are in the process of being SA-GAP certified were linked to markets.
The largest sub-sector in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries export basket in 2014, based on value, were fruit and nuts while the highest growth was in the export of wood with a growth rate of 72%. The Draft Aquaculture Bill is being consulted and is expected to be ready by 2016/17.
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