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Directorate of Agricultural Inputs Control (DAIC): Farm Feeds Division

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ABOUT ACT 36 OF 1947

Farm feed is governed by the Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act (Act 36 of 1947).

DALRDD through the Directorate of Agriculture Inputs Control (DAIC) operates under the authority of Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act (Act 36 of 1947).

This legislation governs various aspects of Farm Feeds in South Africa, including their importation, manufacturing, acquisition, distribution, sales, use, advertising, and disposal.

Farm Feeds or animal feeds are defined as substances that may result from processes like crushing, gristing, or grinding, or substances to which ingredients are added or removed. They can also include condimental foods, vitamin or mineral substances, other substances which possess or are alleged to possess nutritive properties; any bone products for feeding domestic animals or livestock, and stock licks or substances used as stock licks.

Straw, chaff, unground hay, silage, certain cereals in grain form, or substances prepared according to specific instructions for own use are not considered as Farm Feeds unless otherwise declared by the Minister.

For individuals or entities intending to engage in these activities, it is essential to register their products and provide detailed information and data to the Registrar of Act No. 36 of 1947. This information is crucial for evaluating the safety, efficacy, and quality of the products.

The Act controls imports, registration of new farm feeds, sales, applications, and supply of these substances. The Act also sets guidelines for labelling, composition, and advertising of animal feeds.

The administration of Act 36 is under the authority of the Minister of Agriculture, who appoints a Registrar responsible for its execution.


Farm Feeds are subject to various regulations that provide vital guidelines for those involved in the farm feed industry. Being well-informed about these regulations is imperative. You can find further details in the respective documents.

The relevant regulations include:


For comprehensive guidance on farm feed registration and the documents needed for various application types, please refer to the following resources:



Farm Feeds General Guideline

This guideline outlines feed ingredient requirements and general rules for farm feed.

Guideline on farm feed registration requirements 2016

This guideline outlines the necessary documents for each type of registration application.

Guideline on farm feed registration and renewal process

This guideline provides insights into how to submit a registration application, including relevant contact details.

Guideline on sterilizing plants registration requirements

This guideline outlines the requirements for registering a sterilising or rendering plant.


To access the latest farm feed registration tariffs, please refer to: Tariffs for 2023/24


The latest farm feed application forms can be downloaded from the Application Forms page on AFMA’s website:

It's important to note that the forms to complete will depend on the type of application you are submitting.

For comprehensive guidance on the necessary documents for each type of registration application, please refer to: Act 36 Guideline – Registration Requirements (Nov 16)


Receipt of a signed copy of the Service Request Form (SRF) from the Farm Feeds division acts as an acknowledgement of receipt and provides evidence that your registration application has been submitted.

Applicants can expect to receive a signed acknowledgement of receipt via email within 7 working days from the date of submission. If no feedback is received within this timeframe, it is advisable to contact the registrar's office for a follow-up.


To find the contact details you need, please consult the table provided below:


AIC Official



INBOUND Administrator(s)

Ms Shirley Simelane

012 319 7120


Mr Malwandla Baloyi

012 319 6816

Mr David Kabini

012 319 7071

Mr Patrick Modika

012 319 6720

Technical Advisors

Mr Simthembile Ngambu

012 319 7152

Mr David Vilakazi

012 319 7807

Ms Kumnandi Qwele

012 319 7904

Dr Cebisa Kumanda

012 319 6966

Snr Administrative Supervisor

Ms Elelwani Rathogwa

012 319 7847


Mr David Motloi

012 319 6889


The Farm Feed division's office operates from 07:30 to 16:00, Monday to Friday.

To ensure a seamless experience, it is requested that you schedule an appointment in advance if you intend to meet with AIC farm feed officials to avoid disappointment.

Appointments can be arranged with the designated farm feed official on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.


For instructions on filing or reporting a complaint and to download the necessary complaint forms, please visit the following webpage: DALRRD Complaint Procedure & Forms