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Three things happening in SA agriculture today, 20 November 2020

Final hours to apply for under-utilised state land, an opportunity to join the potato industry trust board and the department of agriculture, land reform and rural developing is gearing up for budget review


Happy Friday, everyone! Today, high up on the South African agricultural agenda is the new closing date for state land applications as announced by agricultural minister Thoko Didiza.

There is also an opportunity for a passionate agriculturalist with knowledge and understanding of the transformation policies of the government. You could serve on the potato industry development trust.

Then, the portfolio committee on agriculture, land reform and rural development meet to prepare for the budget review and recommendations reports.


Hurry up! Get your hand on agricultural state land  

If for some reason you have not applied for the state land released by the minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Thoko Didiza, then you had better hurry!

On Thursday, 1 October, minister Didiza announced that the application process for members of the public to apply for available agricultural state land, would commence on Thursday, 15 October and close on Monday, 16 November.

However, in a recent statement, she announced that her department had extended the deadline and interested individuals have until today (Friday. 20 November) before 16:00 to apply.

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The minister has urged all of those who wish to apply to do so before the new deadline.

Here is the link to the official application form for state land. Online applications can be done www.dalrrd.gov.za


Chance to join the Potato Industry Development Trust

Do you want to be appointed as a ministerial representative to serve on the board of the Potato Industry Development Trust? Applications are now open, and you could be the next trustee.

The Trust is instated in terms of the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act. It authorises expenditure from statutory levies relevant to the industry.

For a full unpacking of the qualifying criteria and responsibilities, visit www.namc.co.za.

But hurry up, the closing date for applications are on Wednesday, 25 November 2020.


DALRRD preps for budget review

Later today, the portfolio committee on agriculture, land reform and rural development will be briefed by the former department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries (DAFF).

They will discuss the 2019-2020 annual reports in preparation for the budget review and recommendations reports. The virtual meeting has been scheduled for 15:00 until 18:00 and will take place via the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa YouTube channel.

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Duncan Masiwa
Duncan Masiwa
DUNCAN MASIWA is a budding journalist with a passion for telling great agricultural stories. He hails from Macassar, close to Somerset West in the Western Cape, where he first started writing for the Helderberg Gazette community newspaper. Besides making a name for himself as a columnist, he is also an avid poet who has shared stages with artists like Mahalia Buchanan, Charisma Hanekam, Jesse Jordan and Motlatsi Mofatse.


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