1.   Short title and commencement

   2.   Interpretation

   3.   Regulation of the agriculture industry

   4.   Incidental and supplementary provisions

   5.   Application of regulations, etc.

11 of 1987
G.N. 62/1987

An Act to make miscellaneous provisions for the general regulation of the agriculture industry

[1ST JUNE 1987]

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Agriculture (General Purposes) Act.

2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   “agricultural crop” does not include—

   (a)   tobacco;

   (b)   cotton;

   (c)   any crop declared under the Special Crops Act to be a special crop and for which an authority under that Act has been established; and

   (d)   any other crop which the Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, declare not to be an agricultural crop for the purposes of this Act.

3.   Regulation of the agriculture industry

   (1) The Minister may by regulations published in the Gazette, make such provisions as he considers appropriate, expedient or necessary for the proper regulation of activities in the agriculture industry not otherwise regulated by or under another written law.

   (2) Without prejudice to the generality of the power conferred by subsection (1), such regulations may provide for—

   (a)   the licensing of buying, selling or otherwise marketing of agricultural crops, including the exportation thereof;

   (b)   the persons or class of persons to whom a licence may be issued;

   (c)   the minimum or maximum price payable to producers of agricultural crops;

   (d)   the standardization and inspection of assized weighing instruments or equipment for use in buying agricultural crops from producers;

   (e)   exportation procedures, including the remittance back to Malawi of export proceeds arising from sale of agricultural crops abroad;

   (f)   the form of application for licences and the person to whom an application for a licence shall be made;

   (g)   the form of licences;

   (h)   the conditions that attach to any licence;

   (i)   the form and manner in which records or registers of all applications for a licence and licences shall be kept;

   (j)   the person who, and the circumstances in which that person, may enter any place, vehicle, aircraft or vessel to ascertain compliance with the terms and conditions of a licence; and

   (k)   the penalty for contravention of, or failure to comply with, the provisions of the regulations and such penalty shall have effect notwithstanding the provisions of section 21 (e) of the General Interpretation Act.

   (3) The Minister may, in his discretion and without assigning any reasons therefor, refuse to issue a licence to any person or cancel or suspend a licence issued to any person, and the decision of the Minister to refuse to issue a licence or to cancel or suspend a licence shall be final and shall not be subject to review by, or be questioned in, any court.

4.   Incidental and supplementary provisions

This section of the article is only available for our subscribers. Please click here to subscribe to a subscription plan to view this part of the article.