South African Potato Industry Bodies
APAC – [The Agricultural Produce Agents Council]
The Council regulates the occupations of fresh produce, export and livestock agents and maintain and enhance the status and dignity of those occupations and the integrity of persons practicing those occupations, according to Section 9, Agricultural Produce Agents Act, 12 of 1992.
Potato Certification Services
Potato Certification service is a non-profit company established on 14 June 1995 for the certification of agricultural products. Potato Certification service (NPC) is appointed by the Independent Certification Council for Seed Potatoes, as service provider to exercise the powers, perform the functions and carry out of duties conferred upon, assigned to or imposed upon the authority under the South African Seed Potato Certification Scheme.
Since 1990 Plantovita has played an important role in the identification and detection of harmful and specific diseases for both the potato and dry bean industries. Planting material presented for certification is tested by Plantovita for the presence of specific bacterial, fungal and virus diseases.
The company is the official assignee of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to enforce the regulations applicable to the grading, packing and marking of potatoes destined for sale in the Republic of South Africa. These regulations are promulgated in accordance with the Agricultural Products Standards Act, 1990 (Act No. 119 of 1990).
Independent Certification Council for Seed Potatoes
The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries designated the Independent Certification Council for Seed Potatoes (Council) as the authority, which shall exercise the powers, perform the functions and carry out the duties conferred upon, assigned to or imposed upon such authority under a scheme. The Scheme is the South African Seed Potato Certification Scheme, established in terms of Section 23 (1) of the Plant Improvement Act, 1976 (Act No. 53 of 1976).