The Committee’s activities relate to trade and industry as well as economic issues. With regard to trade and industry, attention is given to various policies, e.g. trade and tariff policy, agricultural marketing policy and strategy. As part of Agri SA’s structures, the committee also participates in diverse agreements whether bilateral, memoranda of understanding, or partnership agreements between countries or national organisations. In terms of economic matters, input is provided on the Integrated Growth and Development Plan (IGDP) for agriculture.
Furthermore, the Committee also contributes to, and/or comments on the budget vote, input costs, the refund on the use of diesel for agricultural purposes, tax issues, risk management, disaster relief, water and electricity tariffs as well as the review of agricultural legislation. The Committee also oversees aspects pertaining to local government matters, road infrastructure and telecommunication as well as technology development and transfer.