The Western Cape Provincial Parliament’s Standing Committee on Economic Opportunities, Tourism and Agriculture will be hosting public hearings on the Plant Improvement Bill [B 11B - 2015] (NCOP) and the Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill [B 8B - 2015] (NCOP).
The public hearings will be held as follows:
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 - Venue TBC, Robertson - 09:30 to 12:00; Wednesday, 19 April 2017 - Venue TBC, Citrusdal - 08:30 to 11:00; Friday 21 April 2017
Venue TBC, Calitzdorp - 10:30 to 12:30
The Plant Improvement Bill seeks to provide for:
The registration of certain types of business relating to plants and propagating material intended for cultivation and sale and the registration of premises on or from which that business is conducted; quality standards for plants and propagating material intended for cultivation and sale and conditions of sale of plants and propagating material; a system for national listing of plant varieties; the evaluation of plant varieties in order to ensure value if there is doubt in respect of the value for cultivation and use of plant varieties intended for cultivation and sale; import and export control oplants and propagating material; a system for different types of schemes for plants and propagating material; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
The Plant Breeders’ Rights Bill seeks to provide for:
A system whereunder plant breeders’ rights relating to varieties of certain kinds of plants may
be granted; for the requirements that have to be complied with for the grant of such rights; for the scope and protection of such rights; and for the grant of licenses in respect of the exercise of such rights; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
Please note that the Committee has invited all public persons and interested parties to submit input on the Bill. Written submissions should reach the Committee Co-ordinator within at least three (3) days before the respective public hearings.
For enquiries/ a copy of the Bills please contact Ms Zaheedah Adams on tel: (021) 487-1641, fax: (021) 487-1685, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Bills can also be accessed on the Western Cape Provincial Parliament’s website, www.wcpp.gov.za.