Statutory Measures for Wine Industry in Place

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Statutory measures for the wine industry have been set down.

The agriculture, forestry and fisheries department published the measures and guideline prices in Government Gazette 41288.

Some of the guideline prices include:

•    R4166.00 per ton for grapes intended to produce wine;
•    443.97 cents per litre at 17.4 degrees Balling for grape juice concentrate intended to produce wine;
•    493.75 cents per litre for drinking wine; and
•    493.75 cents per litre for export wine.

The statutory measures focus on, inter alia, export levy, registration measure, research levy, records and returns measure and transformation levy.

The statutory measures will kick in on 1 January 2018 and lapse on 31 December 2021.

Meanwhile, the department has published amended regulations to the Marine Living Resources Act in Gazette 41291.

A new sub-regulation 2 dealing with recreational fishing permits for West Coast Rock Lobster is inserted.

In Gazette 41287, the South African Meat Industry Company has imposed adjusted service fees valid from 1 January 2018.

The service fees apply to abattoirs that classify and mark meat.

A fee of R4507 per month will apply to high throughput abattoirs while low throughput abattoirs will be charged R2868 per month.

In Notice 1319 in the same Gazette, comment has been invited on a request to set up statutory measures relating to levies, registration and records and returns on table eggs.

The National Agricultural Marketing Council issued the invitation in terms of the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act.

The request emanates from the South African Poultry Association which has proposed a levy of 1.5 cents per dozen of table eggs.

Comment on the proposals is invited until 15 December 2017.

Sabinet Cape Town Office