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Cover of Oilseeds Focus Vol 4 No 4 December 2018
WORKGROUP MINUTES ARCHIVES SA GROUNDNUT FORUM 2008 August 2008
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 NOVEMBER 2008 AUGUST 2008 APRIL 2008 FEBRUARY 2008
MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE
SA GROUNDNUT FORUM
HELD ON 28 AUGUST 2008 AT 10:00 AT THE OFFICES OF THE OILSEEDS INDUSTRY, RIVONIA
1. OPENING

 

The meeting was opened with prayer offered by Mr JCG du Preez.

2. WELCOME

 

The Chairperson, Mr JCG du Preez welcomed all present, with a special word of welcome to Messrs Lemmer and Visser and Ms Salomon, who were all attending a Forum meeting for the first time.

3. ATTENDANCE
 
Present Mr JCG du Preez Chairperson
  Mr S Cilliers Sunland International
  Mr S Coetzee PPECB
  Mr AM Cronjé Tiger Brands
  Mr O de Witt SA Peanut Company
  Mr G Fourie SA Groundnut Marketing
  Mr N Hawkins GrainSA
  Mr RW Higgs Triotrade
  Mr H Jansen GrainSA
  Mr G Keun CEO: OPDT / OAC
  Mr W Lemmer GrainSA
  Mr CJ Lourens RE Groundnuts
  Mr RE Nerwich The Snack Factory
  Mr GC Nortjé GWK
  Mr JAM Potgieter GrainSA
  Ms L Salomon ARC-GCI
  Ms A van Deventer Praxia Trading
  Mr PJ van Heerden PPECB
  Mr P van Wyk VGM
  Mnr PA Visser P Farm
  Ms E Harmse Secretariat
 
Apologies Ms R Beukes National Department of Agriculture
  Mr A Bosman PPECB
  Mr J Cohn OLAM SA
  Dr J Dreyer ARC-GCI
  Mr W Laubscher SANSOR
  Mr C Mathews Department of Agriculture: Mpumalanga
  Ms M Scheepers National Department of Agriculture
  Mr GJH Scholtemeijer Chairperson: Oilseeds Advisory Committee
  Mr J Vorster NWK
  Dr W van der Walt SANCU
 
4. PERSONALIA
 

None reported.

5. CONFIRMATION OF AGENDA
 

The agenda was accepted as it stood, with the addition of:
Item 9.4: PPECB: Export certification;
Item 9.5: PPECB: Grading courses;
Item 9.6: Protocol groundnut industry;
Item 9.7: Cultivar Evaluation meeting, 4 September; and
Item 9.8: Quality of Groundnut seed.

6. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
6.1 Approval of the minutes of the meeting of the SA Groundnut Forum held on 24 April 2008
  Resolved:
6.1.1 That the minutes of the meeting of the SA Groundnut Forum, which was held on 24 April 2008, be accepted as a true and fair reflection of that meeting.
7. MATTERS ARISING
7.1 Good Agricultural and Processing Practices
(Resolution 7.1.1 of the SA Groundnut Forum minutes of 24 April 2008)
 

The Chairperson reported that the Groundnut Forum's document on good agricultural and processing practices and the attachment detailing the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles, had been circulated for the members' comment. He confirmed that no comment had been received, and informed the members that the document and attachment was sent under a covering letter to the Directorate of Food Safety. He reported that he had contacted Mr Erasmus from the Directorate, and said Mr Erasmus had confirmed that they would peruse the documentation and revert to the Forum with comment.

The Chairperson said the Directorate would be expected to inform foreign countries that the South African groundnut industry adhered to good agricultural and processing practices and to HACCP principles. He said the document on good agricultural and processing practices and the attachment detailing the HACCP principles would be made available on both GrainSA's website and the website of the oilseeds industry, which would probably go live early in 2009.

Mr Hawkins mentioned that the document would serve in support of promoting the groundnut industry, and suggested that the Forum lend some publicity to this initiative. Mr Keun said once the document had been loaded on the relevant websites, a press release could be sent to the media. The members were in agreement with this.

Mr De Witt said the amendment to the Regulations relating to the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point System (HACCP), included as Annexure F, as well as the additional agenda item on protocol in the groundnut industry, which he had raised for discussion, had relevance to the present discussion. He asked in what way the Groundnut Forum's document would synchronize with these issues. He said there was much similarity between the Department of Health's HACCP principles and the Groundnut Forum's HACCP principles. He suggested that the Groundnut Forum's document on good agricultural and processing practices and the attachment detailing the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles be forwarded to the Department of Health (DOH) for their attention and comment. Mr Lourens suggested that the DOH be informed that the Groundnut Forum's HACCP principles have already been implemented successfully at RE Groundnuts.

The Chairperson ruled that the agenda item on protocol could be raised for discussion as part of the present discussion. Mr de Witt reported that L&L Agricultural Services had compiled a protocol document for the oilseeds and grain industry in which a number of viewpoints were raised. He said those included, and quoted from the document 'that the provision of hygienic and safe food and feed, together with the responsibilities required to provide such food and feed was an obvious requisite. HACCP systems are deemed to be preferable, but not regarded as a necessity in proving hygiene and safe food. The same standards should apply to all oilseed and grain foods whether it is intended for the domestic market or for export'. He suggested that the document should be circulated to the members of the Groundnut Forum with a 14 day deadline for comment, and that a working group be appointed to discuss the comments. He added that the document could then be forwarded to the DOH and the Department of Agriculture (DOA) together with the Groundnut Forum's other two documents on quality assurance. The members nominated the Chairperson, Messrs de Witt, Leonie Louw on behalf of Mr Cronjé's company, and a representative from GrainSA to the working group on protocol in the groundnut industry, and set the deadline for comments as 19 September.

The Chairperson said Mr Higgs had raised the matter of inspections on farms at a previous meeting of the Forum. He said the matter was considered to be a stumbling block for the industry and added that the fee for such inspections amounted to approximately R2 000. He said the Forum had decided that the DOA would be requested that the groundnut industry be handled on the same basis as the grain industry, which would mean that the regulations would be applied at the selection plant, and not on the farm. He reported that the DOA had informed him that they needed additional information in support of the Forum's request, and had indicated that they would like to visit a number of groundnut producers' farms and selection plants before a decision was made. He said the matter would be handled by Mr Makhafolo of the DOA, and asked that a working group be formed to assist the DOA. Messrs Visser and Van Wyk said the fact finding mission would be welcome to visit producers in their area. Mr Lourens suggested that producers in the Hartswater area be visited. The members were in agreement that the Chairperson, Messrs Higgs and Nortjé and a person from PPECB would form the working group to assist the DOA on their fact finding mission.

  Resolved:
7.1.1 That a press release would be sent to the media after the document on good agricultural and processing practices and the attachment detailing the HACCP principles had been made available on both GrainSA's website and the website of the oilseeds industry.   Chairperson
7.1.2 That the Groundnut Forum's document on good agricultural and processing practices and the attachment detailing the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles be forwarded to the Department of Health (DOH) for their attention and comment.   Chairperson
7.1.3 That the protocol document compiled by L&L Agricultural Services be circulated to the members of the Groundnut Forum for comment by 19 September, that a working group consisting of the Chairperson, Messrs de Witt, Leonie Louw on behalf of Tiger Brands and a representative from GrainSA would discuss the comments, after which the amended document is to be forwarded to the DOH and the Department of Agriculture (DOA) together with the Groundnut Forum's other two documents on quality assurance.   Chairperson
Mr Keun
7.1.4 That the Chairperson, Messrs Higgs and Nortjé and a person from PPECB would form the working group to assist the DOA on their fact finding mission into the matter of inspections on farms.   Chairperson
7.2 Investigation: Agri-Inspec
(Resolutions 7.2.1 and 7.2.2 of the SA Groundnut Forum minutes of 24 April 2008)
 

The Chairperson said that a lengthy discussion on aflatoxin during the previous meeting had resulted in the resolution that a task team, consisting of representatives of all the role players in the industry, be appointed to investigate possible solutions to the problem of aflatoxin contamination in peanut butter. He reported that the task team had met on 14 August, and tabled a report on what had transpired from the discussions. He summarised the conclusions and recommendations of the task team, and reported that Dr Dreyer would compile guidelines for producers on the best production techniques to prevent or minimize mould or aflatoxin contamination during the growing and harvesting of groundnuts, as part of a renewed campaign aimed at producers. He said further consideration should also be given to prepare and produce a comprehensive guideline to limit the aflatoxin risk for all legs of the peanut supply chain, and to compiling a standard purchasing document to be used in the industry. He also outlined the proposed technical guidelines for additional use at the first point of trading raw peanuts, and opened the matter for discussion.

A number of practical problems related to the technical guidelines for additional use at the first point of trading raw groundnuts were raised, such as the use of a dipstick when testing for aflatoxin and the costs related to such testing, and the time consumed by sampling one out of every three, or 300 out of 1 000 bags. There was general agreement that some form of incentive would motivate producers to take additional measures to minimize the risk of aflatoxin infection on groundnuts, as certain producers were not playing according to the rules. It was noted that the general move towards mechanization increased the risk of aflatoxin infection, and that Afla-Guard was not considered to be the solution at present, in view of the fact that an input of R27m would be required if all local producers were to apply that product during the present season. The possibility of increasing the acceptable levels of aflatoxin in groundnuts to 15ppb, in line with the United States' regulations, was mentioned, while it was noted that the European Union may consider relaxing their regulations in this regard.

The members of the Forum agreed that the industry would benefit if:

 

1.

Dr Dreyer were to further inform producers on desirable practices to be followed to decrease the possibility of aflatoxin infection in the production of groundnuts;

2.

Consensus was reached that a comprehensive guideline on limiting aflatoxin should be compiled for all legs of the groundnut supply chain, but that it would not be necessary to compile a standard purchasing document for groundnuts.

 

The Chairperson thanked all the members of the working group for their valued contributions.

  Resolved:
7.2.1 That a comprehensive guideline on limiting aflatoxin infection be compiled for all legs of the groundnut supply chain.   Chairperson
Dr Dreyer
7.2.2 That a comprehensive guideline on limiting aflatoxin should be compiled for all legs of the groundnut supply chain, but that it would not be necessary to compile a standard purchasing document for groundnuts.   Chairperson
Dr Dreyer
7.3 Sustainability of the groundnut industry
(Resolutions 7.3.1 to 7.3.3 of the SA Groundnut Forum minutes of 24 April 2008)
 

The Chairperson referred the members to the resolution on the formation of the Groundnut Research Priority Committee (GRPC) passed at the previous meeting, and invited comment from Mr Keun. Mr Keun reported that four groundnut research projects were to be referred to the GRPC, viz the groundnut cultivar evaluation project, the breeding programme, Mr Mathews' smallholder farmer project in Mpumalanga, and the Afla-Guard efficacy testing project. He added that the Oilseeds Advisory Committee (OAC) would take the applications into consideration at their meeting on 22 October, and that the Forum would have to provide feedback on the relevant research projects before the OAC met.

The Chairperson undertook to set up a meeting with the members of the GRPC, and invited the members of the Forum to inform him of research topics which they considered to be of importance.

The Chairperson ruled that the draft motivation for the appointment of a person to promote groundnut production, compiled by Dr Dreyer and Mr Cohn, would be considered at a future meeting of the Forum.

  Resolved:
7.3.1 That the Groundnut Research Priority Committee would meet before 22 October, in order to discuss the groundnut research project applications for the 2009/2010 financial year.   Chairperson
Mnr Keun
7.3.2 That the draft motivation for the appointment of a person to promote groundnut production, compiled by Mr Cohn and Dr Dreyer, would be considered at a future meeting of the Forum.   Dr Dreyer
Mr Cohn
7.4 Draft regulations pertaining to the grading and packaging of groundnuts of primary producers destined for packaging in the Republic of South Africa
(Resolution 7.4.1 of the SA Groundnut Forum minutes of 24 April 2008)
 

The Chairperson raised the matter pertaining to the finalisation of the draft regulations relating to the grading and packaging of groundnuts of primary producers destined for packaging in the Republic of South Africa. He said a working group had been appointed to finalise said regulations, and invited comment from Mr van Heerden.

Mr van Heerden reported that the group had met twice, and had come up with certain amendments, which he would detail to the members of the Forum in order to ascertain whether these amendments would be acceptable or not. He said this would enable him to then compile a draft document for consideration by the members of the Forum and GrainSA.

Mr van Heerden said certain producers' definitions differed from definitions applicable to exports. The members were in agreement that the definitions applicable to producers should be amended in line with the definitions applicable to exports. They were also in agreement that the terminology used in the grading of groundnuts should be 'Grade one, grade two, grade three and grade four' and not 'choice, standard, diverse and press'.

The Chairperson mentioned that the purpose of producers' grading regulations was to prevent unacceptable imports. There was general consensus that producers' gradings should not include controversial elements or commercial aspects, and should not be complicated, as this would cause resentment amongst producers.

Ms van Deventer summarised the Forum's resolution on the proposed amendments to the regulations for grading and packaging groundnuts, and stated that the producers had agreed that said regulations should be formalised, that certain definitions as discussed should be standardised, and that the terminology used for grading would be standardised. The members concurred that Mr van Heerden would draft the document, and would then forward it to Mr Lemmer for editing. Mr Visser proposed that the document then be sent to the Processors and Traders' Association, where it could be discussed before it was returned to Mr Keun at the offices of the oilseeds industry. The Chairperson mentioned that the Groundnut Forum would then resubmit the draft regulations to Mr Makhafola of the Department of Agriculture (DOA), so that the regulations could be promulgated.

  Resolved:
7.4.1 That Mr van Heerden would amend the draft regulations relating to the grading and packaging of groundnuts of primary producers destined for packaging in the Republic of South Africa, by standardising certain definitions and the terminology used for grading, following which it would be edited by Mr Lemmer, and discussed by the Processors and Traders' Association and sent to Mr Keun.   Messrs van Heerden,
Lemmer, Lourens
and Visser
7.5 Seed scheme
(Resolution 7.5.1 of the SA Groundnut Forum minutes of 24 April 2008)
 

The Chairperson ruled that this discussion item would be held in abeyance.

  Resolved:
7.5.1 That the options for future seed production be held in abeyance until clarity has been established on the possible commercialisation of a number of the ARC's functions.   Mr Keun
Dr Dreyer
7.6 International Standards
(Resolution 7.6.1 of the SA Groundnut Forum minutes of 24 April 2008)
 

The Chairperson referred the members of the Forum to their resolution that the Medical Research Council be approached with the view to obtaining a project proposal and project budget for determining the nutritional values of the cultivars Akwa, Anel, Kwarts and SA Juweel. He said the Medical Council undertook a similar project for one of the grain industries costing R400 000. He requested that the matter be held in abeyance, so that he could be afforded the opportunity to ascertain what the minimum information required would be for the groundnut industry.

  Resolved:
7.6.1 That the Chairperson be requested to investigate the matter in order to obtain a project proposal and project budget for determining the nutritional values of the groundnut cultivars Akwa, Anel, Kwarts, and SA Juweel.   Chairperson
8. INDUSTRY INFORMATION AND MARKETING ASPECTS
8.1 SAGIS – General feedback and market information
(Resolution 8.1.1 of the SA Groundnut Forum minutes of 24 April 2008)
 

The Chairperson tabled the market information prepared for the Groundnut Forum by SAGIS and dated 24 July, as well as the SAGIS weekly bulletin dated 12 August and the monthly bulletin dated 23 July 2008. He noted that the Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs had approved the extension of SAGIS's Statutory Measures until 30 April 2012, as well as the amendment relating to the date on which returns had to be submitted, which amendment stated that returns had to be submitted within ten days of the end of each calendar month. The members noted this information, and declared their satisfaction with the services provided by SAGIS.

8.2 Crop and Area estimates
(Resolution 8.2.1 of the SA Groundnut Forum minutes of 24 April 2008)
 

The Chairperson tabled the area planted and final production forecast of summer crops for the 2007/2008 season. He opened the matter for discussion.

Mr Visser asked whether it would be possible to obtain a list of the plants or institutions where the Crop Estimates Committee sourced its information, as deliveries at Vaalharts had not been included in the survey. Mr Hawkins remarked that the Crop Estimates Committee's estimates were based on the area planted to groundnuts and not on the tonnage of groundnuts delivered. The Chairperson's suggestion that the Processors and Traders' Association discuss the matter with Ms Beukes, was accepted.

The Chairperson referred to the resolution taken at the previous meeting, which stated 'That Ms Scheepers, as representative of the Crop Estimates Committee, be requested to investigate sourcing appropriate contacts in an effort to obtain more accurate information on which estimates could be based ...' which resolution found its origin in the increased hectares planted. He said although Ms Scheepers had, by means of an email dated 28 March, delivered comment on the way the crop estimates information was collated, he could not derive a direct explanation for the unexpected increase in hectares planted from the content of her letter. He ruled that the matter be held in abeyance, until such time Ms Scheepers could attend a meeting of the Forum and provide more clarity on the issue.

  Resolved:
8.2.1 That Ms Scheepers, as representative of the Crop Estimates Committee, be requested to investigate sourcing appropriate contacts in an effort to obtain more accurate information on which estimates could be based, on the proviso that all information sourced would be treated with utmost confidentiality.   Ms Scheepers
8.3 Import and export parity prices
(Resolution 8.3.1 of the SA Groundnut Forum minutes of 24 April 2008)
 

The Chairperson raised the matter of the resolution on determining what the actual request to SAGIS was with regard to providing parity price information for groundnuts, and who had made the request, and that SAGIS be informed accordingly. He invited comment from Mr Keun.

Mr Keun reported that he had thus far been unable to track down the relevant set of minutes, as the office of the oilseeds industry was currently archiving documents and installing a new backup system. He said he had been able to access minutes back to 18 April 2006 on the network, and that the relevant sections all of the sets of minutes he had scrutinised were titled 'Calculation of import and export parity prices of groundnuts'. He added that reference was either made to import parity prices, or to both import and export parity prices, while reference was made only to import parity prices in all of the resolutions passed by the Forum.

Mr Hawkins asked why an issue was made of this matter, as the import parity price meant nothing to the producers. He said an import and export parity price was calculated for all the other agricultural industries. He considered the export parity price to be more significant in this case, as groundnuts were traditionally in an export position. He suggested that the Forum pass a new resolution on whether or not an import as well an export parity price should be calculated by SAGIS; or whether the Forum should instruct SAGIS to calculate only an import parity price.

The Chairperson said the matter was concerned with the fact that SAGIS had thus far, for approximately the past 18 months, published an import parity price for groundnuts, and that GrainSA had published an article on export parity prices for groundnuts, about which there had been some disagreement. He added that this had resulted in the resolution passed by the Groundnut Forum, which held that Messrs de Witt, Lourens, Roux and GrainSA would continue to refine the model on which the calculation of the export parity price and the derived producers' price for groundnuts is based. He invited comment from Mr Hawkins.

Mr Hawkins reported that he had met with Messrs de Witt, Lourens and Roux. He said as far as he understood, the outcome of the meeting was that import and export parity prices for groundnuts could be calculated, on condition that the factors and norms applied in the calculation were acceptable to all role players, and clearly stated that the prices related to processed groundnuts and not to producers' stock. He said the article 'Grondboonpryse: kan dit deursigtig bepaal word' was written as a result of that meeting.

Mr Visser enquired about the possibility of basing the export parity price calculation on 70/80 groundnuts, as 40/50 groundnuts represented only 1 to 2% of the total product. Mr Hawkins said this could be done, if an international source of information on 70/80 groundnut prices could be identified.

The Chairperson said an acceptable model had been devised on the basis of which SAGIS calculated import parity prices. He noted that the export parity price was considered to be relevant, and asked whether the members of the Forum wanted SAGIS to publish an import parity price for groundnuts, and whether the members wanted SAGIS to publish a producers' price, derived from the import parity price, as well.

Following on a debate on the various market forces in place, during which differing opinions were expressed, Ms van Deventer proposed that the matter be considered as being concluded as agreement could not be reached. She said different market forces drived the issue, and added that the American 40/50 price would not be paid to local producers and suggested that commercial decisions should be taken independently by the various role players. She said SAGIS should not publish an import parity price.

The Chairperson said the Groundnut Forum should strive to provide information to the industry to the best of its ability, and in an unbiased way. He mentioned that this required that all the role players tried to work together, as this would be conducive to enhancing the industry. Mr Lourens said that a resolution had been passed 18 months ago that SAGIS should publish the two prices, and proposed that SAGIS continue with the initiative, as the subscription had already been renewed for the coming year. The Chairperson mentioned that SAGIS would have to be instructed to also calculate the export parity price, based on the same objective basis as the calculation of the import parity price.

Mr de Witt said a number of parameters had to be decided on, such as the import parity price frame of reference. He said a decision had to be made on the price that would be used, eg the Rotterdam price or the Japanese price. He added that the on truck price at Durban harbour would have to be applied, as there was some uncertainty about the transport cost differential between Randfontein, Hartswater, and the various other localities, and that processing costs varied from plant to plant.

After a short discussion it was agreed that the Chairperson would discuss the matter of the calculation of export parity prices calculated ex Durban as well as ex Randfontein with SAGIS, based on Argentinian 60/70's which were comparable to South African 60/70's, based on the Rotterdam price, using Georgalos's information as quoted on a weekly basis, as and when Argentina was in the market. The Chairperson said he would second Forum members to a small working group, as and when needed. Mr de Witt mentioned that exports to Japan represented 55% of the total, and added that the Japanese Department of Trade and Industry published a monthly price based on real imports from the various exporting countries.

  Resolved:
8.3.1 That the calculation of the export parity price for groundnuts calculated ex Durban as well as ex Randfontein, based on Argentinian 60/70's which were comparable to South African 60/70's, based on the Rotterdam price, using Georgalos's information as quoted on a weekly basis, as and when Argentina was in the market, be discussed with SAGIS.   Chairperson
9. ADDITIONAL ITEMS
9.1 Articles: SAGrain
 

The members took cognisance of the articles 'Oes grondbone so', 'Padkaart na grondboon-oestyd', and 'Gesonde wisselbou', as published in SAGrain and 'Ensure you get more than peanuts', published in FarmingSA.

9.2 PPECB: Information policy
 

Mr Coetzee reported that the Board of the PPECB had approved the Information Policy which guides access to and dissemination of that information collated in the process of the PPECB executing its mandate. He said a formal process had to be adhered to when requesting information from PPECB. He added that generic information would, however, be made available on the PPECB website. The members of the Forum noted this information.

The members of the Forum noted that information on the status of aflatoxin occurence in groundnuts offered for export during 2008 in certain regions had best be requested through the auspices of the Forum. The Chairperson agreed that he would request said information on a monthly basis, and circulate this to the members of the Forum. The members of the Forum concurred that such information should be reported on a national basis, and not on a regional basis, for reasons of confidentiality.

  Noted:
9.2.1 That monthly information on the status of aflatoxin occurence on a national basis during 2008 be requested through the auspices of the Forum, and be circulated to the members of the Forum.   Chairperson
9.3 HACCP: Government Gazette, 23 May 2008
 

This item was discussed as part of item 7.1.

9.4 PPECB: Export certification
 

Mr Coetzee reported that the Government had published a new standard operating procedure (SOP) on export certification on 6 June. He said the SOP was in line with the expectations of the European Union, and was implemented by the PPECB on 7 July. He indicated that the three major changes which would affect the groundnut industry included printing the export certificate on a specific type of paper, each client printing their own certificate on said paper, and the addendum, which the client had to present to the PPECB certification officer, to prove that his product had been inspected. He said the addendum requirement would only come into effect at a later date, while the deadline for complying with the printing of export certificates would be 14 September. He offered his assistance, should members of the Forum have problems with regard to implementing the new SOP 114 on export certification.

  Noted:
9.4.1 That members of the Forum could contact Mr Coetzee at PPECB if assistance were required with regard to the new SOP 114 on export certification.   Members
9.5 PPECB: Grading courses
 

Mr van Heerden said a PPECB grading course would be presented from 6 to 10 October, and mentioned that neelsj@ppecb.com may be contacted in this regard.

9.6 Protocol groundnut industry
 

This matter was discussed as part of item 7.1.

9.7 Cultivar evaluation meeting
 

Ms Salomon reported that the Cultivar Evaluation meeting is to be convened on 4 September at Potchefstroom and that the relevant documentation could be obtained from herself.

9.8 Quality groundnut seed
 

The Chairperson invited Mr Visser to elucidate on this matter, as he had raised the point for discussion. Mr Visser suggested that the quality of groundnut seed should be guaranteed as adhering to a minimum grade two quality. He said the producers would be more comfortable if such a requirement was in place.

Ms Salomon mentioned that the germinative power of the seed as well as the germination percentage should be indicated. The members were in agreement that SANSOR would be requested to certify groundnut seed as adhering to a minimum grade two quality.

  Resolved:
9.8.1 That SANSOR would be requested to certify groundnut seed as adhering to a minimum grade two quality.   Chairperson
10. MEETING DATES
 

The next meeting of the Forum will take place at 10:00, on 5 November 2008, at the ARC-GCI in Potchefstroom.

11. ADJOURNMENT
 

The Chairperson thanked the members of the Forum for their attendance at, and contributions to the meeting, and wished all a safe journey home. There being no further matters for discussion, the meeting was adjourned at 15:25.

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