Proposed grading regulations disputed
Grain SA, the South African Grain Farmers Association (SAGRA) and the National Chamber of Milling were unable to reach consensus in 2023 on proposed changes to the maize grading regulations. The Agbiz Grain Quality Working Group’s final submission to the DALRRD was compiled in the interest of the sector.
DALRRD finalised the proposed changes by Grain SA and the SAGRA, and submit them to the World Trade Organization (WTO) for comment. Agbiz Grain’s position was that a consensus should be reached between producers and processors before any changes could be implemented.
Agbiz Grain’s query related to which act mandates DALRRD to prioritise one industry over another. We expect that the proposed changes to the maize grading regulations will remain in dispute in 2024. The DALRRD submitted the regulations to the WTO for comments on 23 October 2023. The deadline for comments was 22 December 2023. – Agbiz Grain