Government has slashed the costs of acquiring the necessary health certification documents by at least 40%, through amendment of Statutory Instrument 94 of 2016. The compliance certificate now costs ZW$25.00 from the initial US$100.
These reforms are intended to create an enabling environment that promotes competitiveness in the agriculture sector by improving the time, cost and processes which clients pass through when obtaining regulatory documents.
Addressing journalists during the post cabinet briefing yesterday, 13 October, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said that Statutory Instrument 83 of 2013 was also repealed, thereby removing the levy paid by transporters at ports of entry and exit.
Senator Mutsvangwa was relaying the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement, Dr Anxious Jongwe Masuka’s submissions to Cabinet.
She mentioned that a central permit processing office has since been established in line with the ease of doing business mantra.
“Cabinet also wishes to inform the public that a One Stop Permit Processing Office has been established at the Ministry Head Office. The Office brings together regulatory agencies which include Seed Services, the Agricultural Marketing Authority, and Plant Quarantine Services. Clients no longer need to travel to the Mazowe Plant Quarantine Station to obtain Plant Import Permits.
“The Veterinary Services and the National Biosafety Authority will soon join the One Stop Office. At the Beitbridge Border Post, clients can now pay only once for a range of services, using the ASYCUDA System under the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority. The electronic system for issuance of permits will soon become operational, thereby facilitating virtual applications for imports and export permits,” said Senator Mutsvangwa.
In addition, she cited that the export permit validity for all controlled agricultural produce was increased to six months, with effect from August 2020 whilst the possibility of merging livestock related levies into one is being considered.
In order to expedite issuance of stock clearance for movement, farmers are advised to adopt personal brands which facilitate livestock identification and traceability.