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Agri-SA wants clarity on govt’s agricultural trade agreement with US

It’s understood the department will soon sign off on the new trade protocol as part of AGOA.

FILE: Agri-SA says the two countries have now come to an agreement. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Agri-SA is calling for the Department of Trade and Industry to provide more information on the government's latest agricultural trade agreement with the US.

It's understood the department will soon sign off on the new trade protocol as part of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

The deal was delayed following a diplomatic dispute between the two countries when US President Barack Obama threatened to strip South Africa of its duty-free status if it did not meet AGOA requirements.

Agri-SA says the two countries have now come to an agreement.

But the organisation's president Johannes Moller says they still need clarity on some issues.

"One is about the effect that this might have on emerging and small scale farmers, especially in poulty, pork market and red meat market. The other is about the sanitary measures and possible diseases that doesn't occur in South Africa."