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FARMERS' RIGHTS LEGISLATION & POLICY DATABASE:

South Africa


Legislation on Farmers' Rights and community rights related to crop genetic resources

No legislation found

Legislation on conservation and sustainable use of crop genetic resources

National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004
   Status: Adopted as of 7 June 2004
   Relevant provisions: Section 2; Objectives of Act, Section 3; State's trusteeship of biological diversity
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Traditional knowledge legislation

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Bioprospecting legislation with access and benefit sharing provisions

National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004
   Status: Adopted as of 7 June 2004
   Relevant provisions: Section 2; Objectives of Act, Chapter 6; Bioprospecting, access and benefit-sharing
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Seed laws, including seed certification rules

Plant Improvement Act 53 of 1976
   Status: In force from 1 June 1980, amended in 1996
   Relevant provisions: Section 13; Requirements relating to sale of plants and propagating material, Section 14; Savings regarding certain propagating material, Section 23; Establishment of certification schemes, Section 26; Importation of plants and propagating material, Section 27; Exports of plants and propagating material.
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Laws on plant variety protection, also called plant breeders' rights legislation

Plant Breeders` Rights Act No. 15 of 1976 as amended by Plant Breeders' Rights Amendment Act, No. 15 of 1996
   Status: In force from 1 November 1977, amended 19 April 1996
   Relevant provisions: Section 2. Application of Act, Section 6. Persons who may apply for plant breeders` rights, Section 21. Period of plant breeders`right, Section 23. Rights of holder of plant breeders` rights, Section 23A; Infringement of plant breeders` right.
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Plant Improvement Act 53 of 1976
   Status: In force from 1 June 1980, amended in 1996
   Relevant provisions: Section 16; Application for recognition of variety, Section 17; Requirements for recognition of variety.
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Regulations relating to Plant Breeders` Rights
   Status: Valid as of 12 September 1997
   Relevant provisions: Section 2-5, Section 8-11
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Patent laws

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