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Draft Conservation Agriculture Policy

9 February 2018

On 9 February 2018, the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries published its Draft Conservation Agriculture Policy for public comment. The draft policy deals sustainable farming in South Africa, including alternative energy, soil quality, minimum tillage and other forms of conservation farming.

According to the policy, the system and approach of Conservation Agriculture is key in advancing adopted sustainable development goals on sustainable agriculture, climate change adaptation and mitigation and land degradation neutrality.

Comments are due within 60 days of the publication of the notice. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries have posted a “written comments” template on its website.

A series of public consultation sessions will also be hosted by the Department.

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Section 24of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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