NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL MARKETING COUNCIL

INPUTS INTO THE PUBLIC HEARING FOOD SECURITY WORKSHOP

1. For food security to be realised, the following should happen;

2. NAMC supports food security through promotion of objectives of the Marketing of Agricultural Produces Act.

2.1 Objectives of the Act.

    1. NAMC promotes food security by promoting the above objectives

through :

3. Investigations

To this end we have initiated many investigations into the impact of deregulation such as the food security study.

3.1 NAMC Study on the Impact of Market Deregulation on Food

Security in South Africa

Two main elements:

Survey carried out between April and July 2001. Data from the survey can be used as a valuable baseline for future analysis.

3.2 Main Findings:

4. Food Price Monitoring

We initiated food price monitoring during May 2002; eventually the Food Pricing Monitoring Committee (FPMC) has been established as per Cabinet decision. As from December 2002 the survey has been expanded to all nine provinces. Food price monitors were appointed in all provinces and have started monitoring and supplying NAMC with data on a monthly basis. Basic food prices are being monitored and obtained from six (6) collection or monitoring points, two (2) in rural areas, two (2) in peri-urban (township) and two (2) in the city/town from each of the nine provinces. This exercise is being done in conjunction with provincial department of agriculture.

The Minister for Agriculture and Land Affairs inaugurated the FPMC on 20 January 2003. The Committee had its first meeting on 24 February 2003 and Committee members were allocated responsibilities. The next FPMC meeting has been scheduled for 10 April 2003. The FPMCs first report will be made available to the Minister by May 2003.

    1. Terms of Reference for the Food Pricing Monitoring

Committee are:

 

  1. For food security to be realized, we believe the following should be done;

(a) Total farmer support services :

(b) Complete infrastructure in black areas for commercialisation of black agriculture

(c) Protection of farmers against dumping and subsidised products

    1. Regular revelation of stock level of grains including imports and

exports of grains.

    1. Appoint a national co-ordinator to co-ordinate and drive food rural

development in general.

M G RATHOGWA

NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL MARKETING COUNCIL