Media Release

Date ReleasedHeadingMedia
17 Mar 2017Media Invite : Agricultural Research Symposium to tackle contemporary agriculture matters;

0n 17 March 2017, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Mr.Senzeni Zokwana is expected to give a keynote address at the Agricultural Research Symposium

16 Feb 2017Media Release: Contagious equine metritis (CEM) outbreak

Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) was first confirmed in South Africa in 2011 and due to compliance and support from horse owners, societies and veterinarians, the extent of the outbreak was quickly determined and the affected horses treated. Since 2013 no new cases of CEM were reported in South Africa

14 Feb 2017Media Statement : DAFF meets China with prospects of exporting beef

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) of the Republic of South Africa hosted a delegation from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) of The Peoples Republic of China to discuss cooperation in sanitary and phytosanitary matters and to further assess the possibility of exporting South African beef to China. The Chinese delegation was hosted from 09 to 18 January 2017 by the Director-General of the DAFF, Mr Mike Mlengana | Application form

11 Feb 2017Media Advisory : Minister Zokwana visits farms infested with Spodoptera Frugiperda

Following the confirmation of the presence of the Fall Army Worm in South Africa, the Minister of the Department Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) country representative, Dr Lewis Hove and the MEC of Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mapula Mokaba-Phukwana will visit some of the affected farms in the Limpopo province

06 Feb 2017Detection of Spodoptera Frugiperda for the first time in South Africa

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) today received a diagnostic report from the Agricultural Research Council, Plant Protection Research Institute (ARC PPRI) to confirm that the Fall Army Worm was positively identified from samples collected in the Limpopo Province. The samples were jointly collected by scientists from the ARC Grain Institute and the North West University | media invite | speech


01 Feb 2017Detection of a new pest Caterpillar for the first time in South Africa

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) received several reports from farmers of an unidentified Lepidoptera pest causing damage to maize between 16 and 27 January 2017. However the pest was observed on maize by some South African producers since December 2016

24 Jan 2017Designation of assignees with respect to the inspection of local and imported animal and processed products

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr Senzeni Zokwana, has designated three assignees on 13 January 2017 to inspect various locally produced/ manufactured as well as imported animal and processed plant products

15 Jan 2017Media Statement : DAFF/SAPS and Customs partnership nail R30M abalone set for international shores

DAFF together with SAPS officers raided illegal abalone processing and storage plans on the 2nd of February this year. These raids took place in the Milnerton and Montague Gardens areas. The raids at the two premises yielded a combined total of 27 182 dried as well as 13 837 wet abalone. Further investigations led to the discovery of a 13 meter container at the Cape Town harbor that had already been cleared for export to the Far East

21 Dec 2016Media Release: Prospective fish processing establishment operators

The Department is pleased to inform all prospective fish processing establishment operators that did not submit an application to operate a fish processing establishment during FRAP2015/16 that they MUST submit their applications for an exemption to operate Fish Processing Establishments for the year 2017.

09 Dec 2016Community engagement continues in hartswater

The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) General Bheki Cele and the MEC for Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development in the Northern Cape Mr Norman Shushu will, together with the Phokwane Local Municipality, continue engagements with the farming communities of Hartswater as part of government’s Imbizo Focus Week under the theme: “Speaking to the people about issues that concern them.