The Agribusiness Development Agency (ADA) is a catalytic vehicle that facilitates the growth of a strong, transformed, diversified, dynamic, competitive and sustainable agro-processing industry in KwaZulu-Natal, in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD).
I serves as a catalyst for agribusiness development in the province, through focussing on projects that are catalytic in nature and have the following attributes:
• Benefits beyond direct beneficiaries
• Economic spinoffs
• Embrace the whole value chain
• Speed up the development in the whole geographical area.
LEGISLATIVE AND OTHER MANDATES
The Agribusiness Development ADA derives its mandates from the following policy and legislative imperatives:
• Cabinet Resolution No. 79 of 29 July 2009 authorizing the establishment of an entity to support entrant commercial black farmers.
• The National Policy Governing the Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (CASP).
• Land Reform Policy Guidelines and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, Land Reform Recapitalisation Programme
• Amended Deed of Trust for the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Development Trust (trading as the Agribusiness Development ADA).
• Cabinet Resolution No. 245 of 11 November 2009 transferring the KwaZulu-Natal Development Trust from the Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development to the Department of Economic Development.
Therefore, ADA’s mandate in this regard is “To provide agri-business support services to entrant black commercial farmers who have acquired land through the Government’s Land Reform Programme and on a private basis”.
It is intended that the ADA will be established under provincial legislation as a Schedule 3 Public Entity. Consequently, the extent and nature of these mandates may be changed following the promulgation of this legislation establishing the ADA.
Further to the above, the ADA is guided by the following legislation in implementing its mandate.
1. Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 Act No.108 of 1996
2. Public Finance Management Act, 1999 Act No.1 of 1999
3. Labour Relations Act, 1995 Act No.66 of 1995
4. Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 Act No.2 of 2000
5. Employment Equity Act, 1998 Act No.55 of 1998
6. Promotion of Administrative Justice Act No.3 of 2000
7. Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 Act No.75 of 1997
8. Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 Act No.85 of 1999
9.Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act No.4 of 20
10.Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act No.53 of 2003
11.Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act No.5 of 2000
12.KwaZulu-Natal Agribusiness Development Agency Act 2012