Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (South Africa)

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is one of the departments of the South African government. It is responsible for overseeing and supporting South Africa's agricultural sector, as well as ensuring access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food by the country's population.

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Department overview
Formed7 July 2009[1]
Preceding agencies
JurisdictionGovernment of South Africa
HeadquartersAgriculture Place, 20 Beatrix Street, Arcadia 0002, Pretoria, Gauteng
25°44′13″S 28°12′14″E
Employees5,924 (2009)
Annual budgetR663,9 million (Administration)
R4,554 billion (Agriculture)
R525,5 million (Forestry)
R434 million (Fisheries)
Minister responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
  • Bheki Cele, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Department executive
Child agencies
  • Agricultural Research Council
  • National Agricultural Marketing Council
  • Onderstepoort Biological Products
  • Perishable Products Export Control Board
  • Ncera Farms
WebsiteDepartment Website

The department falls under the responsibility of the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; as of January 2010 this is Senzeni Zokwana.

In the 2014 national budget, the department received an appropriation of R6,178 billion rand,[2] and had 5,924 employees as of 2010.[3]


  1. "Amendment of Schedule 1 to the Public Service Act, 1994 Archived 2009-09-08 at the Wayback Machine", Proclamation No. 48 of 2009. Government Gazette No. 32387.
  2. South Africa Yearbook 2013/14 (PDF). Government Communication and Information System. July 2014. p. 33. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  3. "Vote 25: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries" (PDF). Estimates of National Expenditure 2010. Pretoria: National Treasury. 17 February 2010. ISBN 978-0-621-39079-7. Retrieved 30 August 2010.

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