General Seed Import and Export Information

Import of seed

Export of seed

Plant Improvement Act, 1976 (Act No. 53 of 1976)

Makes provision for:

  • Variety denominations and the variety list
  • Establishment of certification schemes
  • Prohibition on the sale of uncertified seed
  • Requirements for seed

Amended Regulations and Updated Documents:

Forms for Registration of Premises

Drafts:

Download Act and Regulations here
Download the January 2013 amendments to the Regulations here

Plant Breeders’ Rights Act, 1976 (Act No. 15 of 1976)

Makes provision for:

  • A system where under plant breeders’ rights relating to varieties of certain kinds of plants may be granted and registered
  • For the requirements which have to be complied with for the grant of such rights
  • For the protection of such rights and the grant of licences in respect of the exercise thereof; and
  • To provide for incidental matters

Amended Regulations and Updated Documents:

Drafts:

 

Download Act and Regulations here
Download 2011 Bill here

Agricultural Pests Act, 1983 (Act No. 36 of 1983)

Drafts:

Makes provision for measures through which agricultural pests can be prevented and combatted

  • Regulates the import of all controlled goods, including seed
  • Provides for the implementation of measures for the spread of quarantine organisms already in the country

                                                                           DownloadAct here                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Genetically Modified Organisms Act, 1997 (Act No. 15 of 1997)

Makes provision for:

  • Measures to promote responsible development, production, use and application of GMOs
  • To limit possible harmful consequences for the environment, to cover preventions of accidents
  • To set standard measures for evaluation of potential risks
  • To establish yardsticks for risk assessment and for procedures for notification
  • The GMO Act regulates all genetic modification with recombinant DNA, except for human gene therapy.

Download Act here

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