Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries on its 2016 Annual Performance Plan; Performing Animals Protection Amendment Bill [B9B-15]:briefing, with Deputy Minister present
Author: Mr O Sefako
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (DAFF) presented its 2016 Annual Performance Plan, and briefed the Committee on the Performing Animals Protection Amendment Bill [B9B-2015].
The DAFF firstly indicated that it had brought some additional information on training in cooperatives and graduate programmes, and studies on smallholder farmers as they would ultimately culminate in one comprehensive approach in supporting the smallholder farmers. It had submitted its climate change mitigation and adaptation plan to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) which was the lead Department in that respect. In view of the drought currently it was even more important that DAFF accelerate its work in that area. Under Programme 2, DAFF described that the bulk of the budget went to services, conditional grants and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), with the remainder dealing with regulatory services. The DAFF described its youth placement programme – Young Producers – which placed youth in the agriculture industry.
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