Agri SA requires details of AGOA deal
09:51 (GMT+2), Mon , 01 February 2016

The recent protocols to be signed under the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) between the US and the South African government regarding certain agricultural goods is creating questions for Agri SA. 
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), with input from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and the Department of Health, are concluding negotiations.
Johannes Möller, the President of Agri SA, mentioned: “It is especially important that we understand the details of the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) requirements of the protocols and its impact on our agriculture industry in South Africa”. 
The exploration of opportunities in both economies remain essential in the sustainable development of economies. 
Omri van Zyl from Agri SA said he is especially concerned that trade agreements based on concessions should make economic sense for both parties by the time the protocols are concluded. 
“We must be mindful of both SPS concessions and economic realities of both economies,” Van Zyl said. 
 Agri SA would be keen to engage on the terms of the agreement, to analyse the impact on South Africa’s agricultural sector, according to Möller.
“We will monitor and analyse the results and impact of the concessions to ensure we protect our industry and develop the sector to its full potential,” Möller concluded.

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