Summary on Law and Matters Related to Agriculture
- Featured article by LAWYERS-ONLINE.CO.ZA - April 2019
Under South African law, there is a system of free participation, meaning anyone is allowed to partake in agricultural activity. However, this is regulated by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - using numerous pieces of legislation in conjunction with Section 37(ii) of the Constitution, this department enforces over 30 pieces of legislation.
However, in South Africa, agriculture is understood to be an inclusive economic activity, which is continuously evolving with market conditions, and therefore the legislation and regulation of it should evolve accordingly. This means that lawyers who specialise in the agricultural sector need to stay ahead of new legislation, amendments and developments in order to advise their clients accordingly.
The agricultural sector is vital to our country’s economy and the food chain supply and it makes sense that it is so tightly regulated and monitored. If you are need of advice on agricultural law and matters related to agriculture, and how to be compliant with the directives set out by the Department, why not reach out to us and we can put you in touch with a legal professional that can provide advice on labour, land and many other agricultural practices and how to be compliant.