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Purpose

This document is compiled to inform potential importers of plant propagating material regarding the primary criteria and guidelines which are applicable when considering applications to import commercial quantities of such material. The criteria stipulated will essentially serve as an initial screening process in the evaluation of the application. It is important to note that these criteria are additional to the final import requirements which will be determined by a pest risk assessment/analysis.

Background

In terms of the Agricultural Pests Act, 1983 (Act No. 36 of 1983), the importation of controlled goods (e.g. plant propagation material) is subject to the provision of the said Act.

The importation of vegetative propagating material of regulated goods of economic importance is subject to a post entry quarantine evaluation procedure at an officially recognized and approved plant quarantine facility.

 The importation of propagation material is limited to an agreed-upon number of cuttings/variety to allow for the evaluation thereof in the official plant quarantine facilities to accommodate the evaluation, research and breeding needs of the various relevant industries.

Criteria

Should a need arise to import large quantities of plant propagation material, each request for importation will be subject to the following criteria and prescripts:

  • Only varieties/clones will be considered for the implementation of a key program or a critical situation within industry.
  • The merits of each potential importation should be motivated in writing with regard to specific industry objectives, agricultural strategies supported and the contribution to a better life for all.
  • Only one (1) application per calendar year per crop per company/importer as determined by available capacity.
  • All applications should preferably reach the Directorate at least 18 months prior to the projected date of importation.  (This period is necessary to allow for the execution of a Pest Risk Analysis/Assessment, the drafting of import requirements, the negotiation of a final import protocol, the drafting of a management plan and the authorization to import).
  • Commercial consignments of plant propagating material may only originate from a country or state that is free from all the relevant regulated pests as determined by a Pest Risk Analysis/Assessment for the specific crop.
  • Applications for crops for which an officially recognized Plant Certification Scheme exists must be accompanied by a recommendation by the relevant Plant Improvement Association.
  • Plant propagation material imported as a commercial consignment will have to comply with National Plant Certification Scheme operational procedures.
  • Plants/cuttings may not exceed 30 cm in length.
  • An official phytosanitary certificate to be issued with each consignment.
  • Only plant propagating material originating from an official plant certification scheme will be considered for crops where such schemes exist.
  • A site/facility should be registered as an open-quarantine site/facility at the time of the application .  Requirements for such site/facility will be provided.
  • A compulsory post entry quarantine evaluation period will be determined by the outcome of the Pest Risk analysis/Assessment, and will not be less than one (1) active growing season .
  • Prescripts for the maintenance of the imported consignment within the registered open-quarantine site/facility as included in the Management Plan, must be strictly adhered to at all times .

Guidelines

  • Rooted plants will originate from a soil less sterile growing medium .
  • No soil is allowed.
  • All costs involved in the evaluation and importation of a commercial consignment, including the post entry quarantine evaluation procedures, will be for the account of the importer .  Services rendered by officials of the Directorate, will be charged according to the current approved Government Tariffs.
  • An application for an account with the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries should be submitted  if the applicant is not already an account holder.
  • A commercial consignment will not qualify for inclusion in a recognized plant certification scheme.
 

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Quarantine evaluation of sugar cane varieties is managed by the South African Sugar Cane Research Institute (SASRI) at their facilities in Mt Egdecome.  Applications to import vegetative propagation material must be submitted to the Pretoria office of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.  Only applications to import genetic material (Categories 1 and 2) will be considered.

Applications to:
Director: Plant Health
Attention: Mr Jeremiah Manyuwa
Tel: (012) 319 6102
Fax: (012) 319 6370 

In the quarantine glasshouse 6 compartments are dedicated for screening imported varieties.  The sugar cane sets are initially grown for a period of 9 – 12 months.  Towards the end of this period leaf samples are subjected to diagnostic tests.  After a second period of 9 – 12 months, the sets are then planted in a post quarantine area where further evaluation will take place for another 12 months before being released to plant breeders at registered sites.

To contact SASRI:
Ms Tania van Antwerpen
Private Bag X02
Mt Edgecome
4300

Tel: (031) 508 7400
Fax: (031) 508 7597

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Applications to import vegetative propagation material must be submitted to the Pretoria office of the Department of Agriculture.  Only applications to import genetic material (Categories 1 and 2 – bud wood, seed and tissue culture) will be considered.

Applications to:
Director: Plant Health
Attention: Mr Jeremiah Manyuwa
Tel: (012) 319 6102
Fax: (012) 319 6370

Imported material will be received and inspected by officials at the Plant Quarantine Station, Stellenbosch prior to forwarding the parcel to the ARC Institute at Nelspruit (Institute for Tropical and Sub-tropical crops).  The institute manages the quarantine evaluation procedure on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The quarantine process involves a number of procedures for the elimination of graft transmissible diseases of citrus and the pre-immunization with a mild Citrus tristeza virus isolated for the South African citrus improvement program.  After completion of this process the material is provisionally released to the citrus foundation block while screening continues for another year.

To contact the ARC – ITSC:
Dr Barry Manicomb
Private Bag X11208
Nelspruit
1200

Tel: (013) 753 7009
Fax: (013) 752 3854

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Applications to import seed crops, ornamentals, such as rose species, and sub-tropical crops such as avocado, nuts, mango and litchi, can be submitted to the Pretoria office of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Applications to:
Director: Plant Health
Attention: Mr Jeremiah Manyuwa
Tel: (012) 319 6102
Fax: (012) 319 6370

The quarantine detention of such material is done at Buffelspoort Plant Quarantine Station.  Rootstocks for grafting of sub-tropical cultivars are supplied by the importer.  Close co-operation regarding the propagation and maintenance is encouraged between the importer and officials of the Department.  Whilst in quarantine the plants are subjected to an extensive pest management program.

To contact us:  
Mr Nelson Mukwevho
Private Bag X501
Marikana
0284

Cell: (082) 202 0536
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Application to import mediterranean crops which include deciduous fruit types, wine grapes, berry fruits, olives and fynbos species can be submitted to the Stellenbosch office of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The quarantine detention of imported propagation material consists of an inspection of the material and the phytosanitary documentation, and an appropriate decontamination treatment before the material is grafted onto virus free rootstocks.

The majority of grafted plants are detained in official quarantine facilities at Stellenbosch Quarantine Station.  At Buffelspoort Quarantine Station selected imports such as low chill stone fruits and strawberries, are detained.

To contact us:
Mr Haroon Ahmed
Private Bag X5015
Stellenbosch
7599

Tel: (021) 809 1600
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