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2024

10 April 2024: Notification on the newly introduced directive for importation and exportation of live animals

27 March 2024: Update on the status of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in South Africa .

10 January 2024: Lifting of the ban on avocado exports from South Africa to Japan .

2023

22 December 2023: Importation of Agricultural Regulated Products into the Republic of South Africa During the Festive Season .

05 December 2023: Minister Didiza responds to Botswana announcement on restricts of imports of agricultural products from South Africa.

15 November 2023: Update on the availability of eggs and poultry meat.
14 November 2023: The government clarifies incorrect media reporting about the AgriBEE requirements for agricultural exports to the European and UK markets.
01 November 2023: Media Statement Women Recognition Awards ceremony.

28 October 2023: Minister Didiza hosts an information-sharing session for the agricultural sector on AGOA.
03 October 2023: Minister Didiza meets with retailers over avian influenza and its impact on consumers.

8 September 2023: Minister Didiza welcomes the agricultural sector’s continued contribution to the country’s economy.
22 September 2023: Minister Didiza signs an agreement for export of avocado to China.

14 July 2023: BRICS ministers of agriculture sign joint declaration of the 13th meeting, in Limpopo, South Africa.

29 June 2023: Media Statement on ARC Board Appointment.
07 June 2023: Media advisory World Food Safety Day Commemoration.

30 May 2023: Update on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Outbreak.
22 May 2023: Minister Didiza appoints new members of the KZN Ingonyama Trust Board.
16 May 2023: Media Statement on the Agricultural Sector's Contribution to Employment.
05 May 2023: Celebration of International Day of Plant Health.

24 March 2023:  Minister Didiza to hand over fertiliser to more than ten thousand small-scale sugar cane farmers in KZN.

2022

19 Dec 2022    Media Statement: Local residents and holiday travellers beware of deadly Rabies
08 Dec 2022    Media Statement: Potato harvest at Mamusha land redistribution farm in Limpopo
28 Nov 2022    Notice: Notice to Presidential Employment Stimulus (PES) unverified applicants in the Kwazulu Natal province
22 Nov 2022    Media Release: The Commission on Restitution of Land Rights warns against fraudulent activites targeted at Land Claimants' Communities
17 Nov 2022    Media Release: Outbreak of Rabbit Haemorraghic Disease in the Western and Northern Cape Provinces
12 Oct 2022    Media Release: Press statement on the Transnet strike
04 Aug 2022    Media Release: Minister Didiza condemns the killing of a Western Cape farmer
18 Jul 2022    Posters: Official NARYSEC Youth Intake and Mandela Day 2022
15 Jul 2022    Media Release: Export of oranges from South Africa to the European Union (EU) - revised draft regulation amending annex vii to implementing regulation (EU) 2019/2072
06 Jun 2022    Media Statement: Climate advisory for the 2022 winter season
23 May 2022    Media Release: OBP client & Stakeholder update on availability of African Horse Sickness Vaccine
06 May 2022    Media Statement: Minister Didiza welcomes the final return of the 108 District 6 phase 3 beneficiaries in Cape Town Western Cape
18 Apr 2022    Media Release: A call for the control and management of the Banana Bunchy Top Virus disease (BBTV)
11 Apr 2022    Media Release: Minister Didiza provides update on the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Outbreak in South Africa
07 Apr 2022    Media Release: Minister Didiza updates the nation on the outbreak of brown locust (locustana pardalin) in South Africa
05 Apr 2022    Media Release: Minister Didiza to engage with Free State province Communal Properties Associations and farmer organisations and unions in Bloemfontein
31 Mar 2022    Media Release: Minister Didiza to address deciduous fruit industry transformation awards gala dinner in Stellenbosch
22 Mar 2022    Media Release: Foot-and-Mouth Disease situation in North West, Limpopo and Kwazulu-Natal provinces
22 Mar 2022    Media Release: Minister Didiza's statement on food supplies and farming inputs availability amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict
17 Mar 2022    Media Release: Minister Didiza congratulates King-Elect Prince Misuzulu Ka Zwelithini on his recognition as King of Amazulu by President Cyril Ramaphosa
02 Mar 2022    Media Statement: Vaccination to control the outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in KwaZulu-Natal
24 Feb 2022    Media Statement: Invitation for Animal Welfare Organisations to submit their credentials to the Department -incorrect doc - shows fruit industry social accord??
21 Feb 2022    Media Statement: Minister Thoko Didiza launches the country's Farmer Register
09 Feb 2022    Media Statement: A call for the control and management of the fall armyworm in South Africa
09 Feb 2022    Media Statement: New market in China for South African pear fruit
04 Feb 2022    Media Statement: Advisory for farmers on the management of the Oriental fruit fly during the 2021/22 mango season
28 Jan 2022    Media Statement: Minister Didiza pleased with SA summer crop plantings estimates despite the heavy rains
24 Jan 2022    Media Release: The department warns the public of a fraudulent tender contract appointment letter in Limpopo
13 Jan 2022    Media Statement: DALRRD suspends the implementation of the Presidential Employment Stimulus (PES) vouchers with immediate effect
05 Jan 2022    Media Statement: DALRRD Warns against the misuse of vouchers allocated in support of the Presidential Employment Stimulus (PES)

 

2021
27 Dec 2021    Media Statement: Minister Thoko Didiza pays tribute to Arch Bishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
23 Dec 2021    Media Statement: Regulations on the Registration and Administration of Overseas Producers of Imported Food
09 Dec 2021    Media Release: Integration of the existing Food Business Operator (FBO) database with the e-certification platform
03 Dec 2021    Media Statement: Minister Didiza welcomes the opening of a 100% black-owned winery by children of farm labourers in Franschhoek in the Western Cape
30 Nov 2021    Media Statement: Minister Didiza announces second phase of the Implementation of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Initiative (PESI) for subsistence producers
25 Nov 2021    Media Release: The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development remains committed to the safety of the equine population despite the shortage of the African Horse Sickness (AHS) vaccine
25 Nov 2021    Media Statement: Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development urges locals and holiday travellers to assist in fighting the spread of rabies during the festive season
10 Nov 2021    Media Release: Message from the Minister
08 Nov 2021    Media Release: The Department warns members of the public about fake news regarding bananas containing helicobacter imported from Somalia
05 Nov 2021    Media Release: Minister Didiza welcomes new Director-General to the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
03 Nov 2021    Media Release: The Department warns members of the public of COVID-19 relief fund scam
25 Oct 2021    Media Release: Celebration of World Food Day with female farmworkers in Cederberg, Western Cape
08 Sep 2021    Media Release: Minister Didiza saddened by the death of two farmworkers in the Western Cape car crash
25 Aug 2021    Media Release: Minister Didiza appoints the Ministerial task team on Animal Biosecurity
23 Aug 2021    Media Release: Minister Didiza meets with Bangladesh Minister of Foreign Affairs
20 Aug 2021    Media Release: Minister Didiza calls on the entire Agricultural sector to vaccinate
16 Jul 2021    Media Statement: Minister Didiza meets with Agricultural sector stakeholders to discuss the availability of food throughout the country
17 Jun 2021    Media Release: Minister Didiza announces the return home of District Six Claimants
11 Jun 2021    Media Release: No corruption involved in North West Land Claims
28 May 2021    Media Release: Outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth disease in Mtubatuba, Kwazulu-Natal
20 May 2021    Media Release: Opening Statement by Minister at the SABIO Honey Fraud Workshop
14 May 2021    Media Release: No corruption involved in North West Land Claims
06 May 2021    Media Statement: DALRRD announces another outbreak of Avian Influenza on a commercial chicken farm in Randfontein in Gauteng
13 Apr 2021    Media Statement: Outbreak of Avian Influenza on a commercial chicken-layer farm in Gauteng
12 Apr 2021    Media Statement: Statement by Minister following meeting with farmers threatened by evictions
09 Apr 2021    Media Statement: Minister Didiza appalled at the thuggery in the departmental offices in Limpopo
18 Mar 2021    Media Release: IDC and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development launch R1bn Agri-Industrial Fund to boost black farmers
12 Mar 2021    Media Statement: Minister Didiza deeply saddned by the passing of His Majesty, King Zwelithini Ka Bhekuzulu, King of the Zulu Nation
10 Mar 2021    Media Release: Asian Citrus Greening Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus: a serious threat to the citrus industry
26 Feb 2021    media Release: African Swine Fever Outbreak reported in the Western Cape
11 Feb 2021    Media Release: Joint media statement by the DALRRD and the SAVC about the risks associated with rabies
02 Feb 2021    Media Release: Minister Didiza congratulates the citrus industry on record exports and commits to work with stakeholders to boost growth in the sector
29 Jan 2021    Media Release: Minister Didiza concerned about the continued attack on farmers
27 Jan 2021    Media Release: Minister Didiza calls on the agricultural sector to priorities safe transportation of farm workers
25 Jan 2021    Media Release: Minister Didiza setting the record straight regarding the submission of annual reports
21 Jan 2021    Pest Alert: Asian Citrus Greening Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus
21 Jan 2021    Media Release: Rift Valley Fever (RVF) Vaccination
14 Jan 2021    Media Release: A call for the management of the Fall Armyworm in South Africa during the 2020/21 crop production season
13 Jan 2021    Media Statement: Minister Didiza message of condolences on the news of the untimely death of Professor Mohamed Karaan
06 Jan 2021    Media Statement: Minister Didiza saddened by the tragic death of 3 farm workers in Worcester

 

2020
04 Dec 2020    Media Statement: Minister Didiza announces the implementation of the Presidential Employment Stimulus initiative for subsistence producers
18 Nov 2020    Media Release: Minister Didiza announces the outbreak of brucellosis in KwaZulu-Natal
17 Nov 2020    Media Release: Minister Didiza extends the closing date for leasing of State Agricultural Land Application Process to 20 November 2020
06 Nov 2020    Media Release: Climate advisory for the 2020/21 summer season
06 Nov 2020    Media Statement: Minister Didiza condemns the killing of yet another younger farmer In Free State province
14 Oct 2020    Media Statement: Minister Didiza sends her condolences on the news of the untimely death of Dr Vuyo Mahlati
11 Oct 2020    Media Statement: Joint statement by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Land Reform
01 Oct 2020    Media Statement: Minister Didiza announced the release of State land
09 Sep 2020    Media Statement: Agricultural sector maintains a double-digit growth while the rest of the economy is on its knees
08 Sep 2020    Media Statement: Minister Didiza meets US Ambassador on agricultural matters
04 Sep 2020    Media Statement: South Africa and the Philippines succesfully concluded an agreement for the export of citrus from South Africa to the Philippines
01 Sep 2020    Media Statement: Minister Didiza appoints interim board members for the Ingonyama Trust Board
31 Aug 2020    Media Statement: Minister Didiza condemns the brutal killing of farm owners in the north of KZN
18 Aug 2020    Media Statement: Update on the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Outbreak in Limpopo
14 Aug 2020    Media Statement: Restitution: Towards Settlement of Land Claims
13 Aug 2020    Media Statement: Minister Didiza announces improved operations of Deeds offices
13 Aug 2020    Media Statement: Minister Didiza further extends the validity period of COVID-19 Disaster Agricultural Support Fund Vouchers
11 Aug 2020    Media Statement: Minister's Women's day message
03 Aug 2020    Media Statement: Minister Didiza appoints Ondersterpoort Biological Products interim board
31 Jul 2020    Media Statement: Minister Didiza sends her condolences on the passing of two great minds in the Agricultural sector
29 Jul 2020    Media Statement: Minister Didiza condemns Northern Cape farm murder
27 Jul 2020    Media Statement: South Africa to participate in an AU meeting of Agriculture, Trade and Finance Ministers
17 Jul 2020    Media Statement: Minister Didiza warns the public about fake social media accounts in her name
29 May 2020    Media Statement: African Swine Fever update
22 May 2020    Media Statement: Joint meeting of SADC Ministers responsible for Agriculture, Food Security and Aquaculture
22 May 2020    Media Statement: Minister Didiza welcomes donations of food parcels, sanitizers and masks by commodity groups and the private sector
20 May 2020    Media Statement: Celebration of World Bee Day
17 May 2020    Media Statement: Minister Didiza announces the outcome of the COVID-19 Agricultural Disaster Fund application process
12 May 2020    Media Statement: Update on the Foot-and-Mouth Disease outbreak in Limpopo
11 May 2020    Media Statement: Announcement of the opening of the deeds offices across the country
09 May 2020    Media Statement: Minister Didiza announces the outbreak of African Swine Fever in the Eastern Cape
08 May 2020    Media Statement: Update on the reopening of deeds offices across the country
01 May 2020    Media Statement: South Africa's fifth break-bulk reefer citrus shipment to Japan and China departs today-not found
01 May 2020    Media statement: Abundant grain harvest in 2020
30 Apr 2020    Extension of commenting period: Amendment to Schedule 1 of the Meat Safety Act
29 Apr 2020    Media Statement: Minister Didiza announces the way forward upon closure of COVID-19 intervention application process
22 Apr 2020    Media Statement: Minister Didiza's virtual G20 Agriculture Ministers meeting statement
22 Apr 2020    Media Statement: Minister Didiza participates at the G20 Agriculture Ministers meeting on COVID-19
21 Apr 2020    Media Statement: Minister notes DA statement on farmers receiving essential service permits from the department
21 Apr 2020    Media Statement: Request for Expression of Interest (REI) to supply farmers with production inputs
15 Apr 2020    PSJ Group Winter Planting Programme
15 Apr 2020    KZN Applications: Interventions to assist the Agricultural Sector during COVID-19
08 Apr 2020    Media Statement: Minister sends her condolences following the tragic death of six (6) farm workers
06 Apr 2020    Media Statement: Applications for COVID -19 funding opens on 08 April
26 Mar 2020    Media Statement: Update on Agriculture and Food Sector Value Chain - COVID-19
24 Mar 2020    Media Statement: A Message to the Agriculture and Food Sector of South Africa
10 Mar 2020    Media Statement: South Africa to host the 22nd session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission
17 Feb 2020    Media Release: Minister Didiza on unbanning of auctions and measures to prevent spread of Foot-And-Mouth Disease outbreak
06 Feb 2020    Media Release: Minister Didiza reassures Parliament that Foot and Mouth Diseases situation in Limpopo is under control
04 Feb 2020    Media Release: Celebration of the international year of plant health
04 Feb 2020    Media Statement: A call for compliant wood-packaging material in international trade
28 Jan 2020    Media Release: Minister Didiza welcomes the arrest of a farmer who knowingly spread FMD in Limpopo
27 Jan 2020    Media Release: Update on the Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak in Limpopo
20 Jan 2020    Media Statement: Rift Valley fever vaccination
20 Jan 2020    Media Statement: Eradication of Oriental fruit fly in municipal district of Northern Cape Province
14 Jan 2020    Media statement : Update on the FMD outbreak in Limpopo
07 Jan 2020    Media Statement: Ignore fake news on the foot-and-mouth disease

2019
19 Dec 2019    Media Statement : Successful eradication of Oriental fruit fly in the Northern Cape Province
18 Dec 2019    Media Statement : A call for the management of the Fall Armyworm in South Africa
17 Dec 2019    Media Statement : Minister submits plan for re-development of District Six to court
11 Dec 2019    Media Statement : Foot-And-Mouth disease outbreak update
10 Dec 2019    Media Statement: Inaugural Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Agriculture
05 Dec 2019    Media Statement: Joint media statement on the Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak in Limpopo
04 Dec 2019    Media Statement: Importation of agricultural regulated products into the RSA during the festive season
20 Nov 2019    Media Statement: Joint media statement of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development and The National Animal Health Forum
16 Nov 2019    Media Statement: Minister Didiza honour top achievers in the extension and advisory services
16 Nov 2019    Media Statement: Small Scale Fishing Rights awarded in the Eastern Cape
14 Nov 2019    Media Statement: Media statement-Progress on Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak in Molemole District
13 Nov 2019    Media Statement: Minister Barbara Creecy Grants Small Scale Fishers in the Western Cape Access to Fishing
11 Nov 2019    Media Statement: Minister Barbara Creecy lifts temporary suspension of exploratory octopus fishing
07 Nov 2019    Media Statement: Minister Didiza hails the signing of the poultry master plan
06 Nov 2019    Media Statement: Positive foot-and-mouth disease results in Limpopo
04 Nov 2019    Media Release: Seasonal forecast for summer 2019/20 and the current state of drought in South Africa
01 Nov 2019    Media Alert: Minister Didiza warns the public on fake Facebook account
25 Oct 2019    Media Statement: Minister Didiza elected chairperson of the AU specialised technical committee
08 Oct 2019    Media Alert: World Food Day commemoration 2019
08 Oct 2019    Media Advisory: Climate advisory for the 2019/20 summer season
02 Oct 2019    Media Statement: DEFF announces 2019/20 West Coast Rock Lobster Total Allowable Catch and Recreational    Fishing Season
05 Sep 2019    Media Release: African swine fever outbreaks in South Africa
02 Sep 2019    Media Release: Winners of the 2019 Arbor city awards
30 Aug 2019    Media Release: DAFF honours top female entrepreneurs
23 Aug 2019    Media Statement: Minister meets with MECs of provinces affected by African swine flu.
22 Aug 2019    Media Release: Importation of agricultural regulated products into the country during the WEF on Africa  event
15 Aug 2019    Media alert: Minister Didiza to participate in the Land Reform Debate in Mpumalanga
07 Aug 2019    Media Statement: Hospitalisation of Deputy Minister S'dumo Dlamini
02 Aug 2019    Media Release: Minister Women Month Message
01 Jul 2019      Media Release : African swine fever awareness
25 Jun 2019     Media Statement: Ministers Didiza and Creecy to co-host an award ceremony
12 Jun 2019     Media statement: Climate advisory for the 2019 winter season
11 Jun 2019     Media Release: Arrival of citrus vessel into the China

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