The purpose of the Statutory Measures Division is to facilitate the process to implement statutory measures in order to promote the efficiency of the marketing of agricultural products. In support of this goal, the following objectives are pursued:
- To implement statutory measures in support of the objectives of the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act.
- To enable the relevant industries to collect funds to finance important generic functions; and,
- To enable the relevant industries to collect and disseminate important agricultural information in order to promote growth within the specific industry.
On 4 September 1997, the Minister declared a list of products as agricultural products for the purpose of the MAP Act (Notice No.R.1189 that was promulgated in the Government Gazette of 4 September 1997). All the agricultural products declared as agricultural products for purposes of the MAP Act, could be divided in three section, namely field crop products, horticultural products and livestock products.
Each programme investigates applications for statutory measures on products allocated to the relevant programme / division.
- Field crop products;
- Horticultural products; and
- Livestock products.
Projects managed by the division include;
Crop Estimates Liaison Committee (click and it leads to the content)
During 1998 the Minister for Agriculture and Land Affairs requested the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) to chair the Crop Estimates Liaison Committee (CELC), who is represented of directly affected groups in the different grain industries. The CELC is an official NAMC Committee and it is constituted of stakeholders in the grain industry, namely Grain SA, Grain Silo Industry, National Chamber of Milling, Animal Feed Manufacturers’ Association, Grain Traders’ Association, the ARC, South African Futures Exchange (SAFEX) and the DoA. Since its inception in October 1998, CELC achieved three of the four prime functions of the CELC, namely:
- The establishment of a completely independent and objective Crop Estimates Committee, free of commercial bias.
- The understanding and acceptance of the CEC of what is required from it by the industry and why.
- An accurate, timely and credible crop estimate.
- The fourth function, that of monitoring the performance of the CEC, is an on-going function and is undertaken by the ‘market’ using the crop estimates.
CELC meets twice a year (usually during May and November/December where amongst others, the total final calculated winter and summer crops are finalised) or when the Chairperson is specifically requested to do so to address a specific problem. For more information contact Lizette Mellet: Lizette@namc.co.za
NAMC’S CONTRIBUTION IN THE 20 YEARS
As we celebrate 20 years of freedom and democracy, the NAMC responds to government’s call in telling a good story. While NAMC is not that known like other state owned entities we do however serve as an integral cog to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the entire agricultural as a whole. To arrive at understanding of what the NAMC does, in the next months we will release a series of articles that will tell a story behind our programs and projects. For now, we look at the origins of the NAMC and the role of Statutory Measures. View