When Minister Thoko Didiza was put in charge of Agriculture again she will have inherited a number of state owned enterprises within the agricultural sector, namely the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), Office of the Valuer General, National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC), Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP) and the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB).
The Agricultural Research Council is a science institution that conducts research with partners, develops human capital and fosters innovation to support and develop the agricultural sector. The institute focuses on agricultural economics and capacity development, animal sciences, crop sciences, research and innovation systems.
The Office of the Valuer General was instituted in 2014, with a view to providing independent and impartial property valuations, for the purposes of land reform.
The National Agricultural Marketing Council was established in 1996, and its mandate is to increase market access for all market participants, to promote the efficiency of the marketing of agricultural products, to optimise export earnings from agricultural products and to enhance the viability of the agricultural sector.
In 1908 Onderstepoort Veterinary Research Institute was established. In 1968 a dedicated vaccine production facility was established and in 1992 Onderstepoort Biological Products (OBP) and Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute were separated and the Veterinary Institute became one of the research institutes of the Agricultural Research Council.
Today OBP, as a fully corporatised entity, operates as a successful, commercially-driven enterprise whose achievements in research and product development have won international recognition.
Established in 1926, the Perishable Products Export Control Board (PPECB) is an independent service provider of quality certification and cold chain management services for producers and exporters of perishable food products.
Minister Didiza asserted the need for the SOE’s to support the transformation of the agricultural sector and the development of the agricultural economy in order to ensure food security.