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To promote and regulate the availability of healthy and productive plant material and the quality of agricultural products in South Africa. In pursuing this aim, the Directorate administers Agricultural Pests Act, 1983 (Act No. 36 of 1983), the Liquor Products Act, 1989 (Act No. 60 of 1989) and the Agricultural Product Standards Act, 1990 (Act No. 119 of 1990).
South Africa is a signatory member of inter alia:
The WTO-SPS Agreement recognises the IPPC and Codex Alimentarius as the international organisations responsible for setting global standards for conducting plant health, sanitary and quarantine services..
An increase in transport and international trade of agricultural products promotes the spread of plants and plant products together with the harmful organisms associated with these products. An effort to prevent the international spread of harmful organisms came into effect during a conference of the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organisation in 1951 where the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) was approved.
South Africa as a member of the IPPC undertakes to: