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Genetic Resources



To regulate and provide an integrated national management system in support of conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources for food and agriculture.


  • Develop and implement policies, legislations, strategies norms, and standards on the management of genetic resources for food and agriculture.
  • Regulate and promote the availability of propagating material of genetic resources for food and agriculture.
  • To provide a risk-mitigating system in support of agricultural biodiversity.

In pursuing these aims, the Directorate administers the following Acts on behalf of the Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

  1. The Plant Breeders' Rights Act. 1976 (Act No.15 of 1976)
  2. Genetically Modified Organisms Act, 1997 (Act No.15 of 1997


Director: Genetic Resources Department of Agriculture Private bag x973 PRETORIA

Tel: 012 319 6214

Fax: 012 319 6298

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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