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Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (National): Overview

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries aims to lead and support sustainable agriculture and promote rural development through:

  • ensuring access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food
  • eliminating skewed participation and inequity in the agriculture
  • maximising growth, employment and income in agriculture
  • enhancing the sustainable management of natural agricultural resources and ecological systems
  • ensuring effective and efficient governance
  • ensuring knowledge and information management.

Some of the services provided by the Department are:

  • education and training, including bursaries
  • controlling the formation, registration and supervision of cooperatives
  • releasing crop estimates
  • providing statistical information
  • quality control through standardising norms and distributing quality control information
  • promoting and regulating the quality and health of agricultural products through the National Plant Protection Organisation
  • representing South Africa's agricultural interests internationally
  • genetic resources regulation, registration and evaluation
  • providing veterinary services
  • registration of agricultural remedies, pesticides, animal feeds and pet food, fertilizers, plant sterilisation units, animal medicines, pest control operators
  • offering inspection services.


The content on this page was last updated on 20 August 2013