The NAMC was established in terms of the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act No. 47 of 1996, as amended by Act No 59 of 1997 and Act No. 52 of 2001. We are a statutory body reporting to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Our mandate is captured in our four core divisions namely; Agribusiness Development, Agricultural Trusts, Statutory Measures and the Markets and Economic Research Centre (MERC).
The work of the NAMC is aligned to the four strategic objectives as set out in Section 2 of the MAP Act, 1996 namely;
- to increase market access for all market participants;
- to promote the efficiency of the marketing of agricultural products;
- to optimise export earnings from agricultural products; and
- to enhance the viability of the agricultural sector.