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Agricultural Trusts

The Agricultural Trusts division was established to manage and coordinate the communication process between the Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Agricultural Industry Trusts. The Agricultural Industry Trusts are bodies that were established after the disbandment of the former control boards during the market deregulation process in 1996. The assets of the control boards were then transferred into these Agricultural Trusts. The Industry Trusts are managed by board of trustees, in which the minister is represented. The ministerial trustees are entrusted to ensure that the Industry Trusts carry out the objectives of the Trust deeds, by aligning them to government transformation mandate. These ministerial trustees will then report to the Agricultural Trusts division of the NAMC on the operation and financial performance of the Trusts in which the NAMC should communicated that to the Minister.

Key Programs;

Ministerial Trustees Capacity Building; There is 25 Ministerial Trustees representing the Ministers of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries mandated to ensure that Industry Trusts fulfil government transformation initiatives. It is hence that the NAMC annually hosts a KING III Corporate Governance Training Workshop to capacitate Ministerial Trustees with corporate governance skills.

Status Report on Industry Trusts; Critical to ensuring transformation objectives are met, the NAMC also participates in Industry Trusts meetings. This is in line to objectively report on the performance of Industry Trusts. Thus annually, the NAMC compiles a Status Report on Industry Trusts.

Projects managed by the division include;

National Red Meat Development Programme

The National Red Meat Development Program (NRMDP) works with emerging and communal farmers to increase the income that they earn from raising cattle, through greater and more beneficial participation in formal red meat markets. NRMDP focuses primarily on connecting farmers to formal markets and systemizing the informal markets. The program has three main thrusts:

  • a programme to enable farmers to understand the structure, operation and requirements of formal red meat markets
  • initiatives to develop marketing channels that will increase their participation in formal red meat markets
  • training and practical assistance to align the age, health and breeding of animals more closely to market demand.



Ministerial Trustees

The 1968 Marketing Act provided for the agricultural Schemes and agricultural boards for each commodity. These schemes provided for marketing arrangements and legislation for agricultural products in South Africa. The main purpose of these schemes was to protect the primary producers from excessive price fluctuations, thereby ensuring their long-term economic survival. The schemes specified, amongst other issues, the composition of the boards, financing of the boards, regulation of the various marketing issues such as exports and imports, levies, pools, price determination etc. The boards administered statutory levies that were used to fund all functions and board activities. During the 1980s, large subsidies were paid to farmers in the form of drought aid and other disaster payments. Read More >>


Agricultural Industry Trusts