Register farm feeds and pet food

What you should do
How long does it take
How much does it cost
Forms to complete
Who to contact



About registering farm feed and pet food

To manufacture, import, or sell farm feed or pet food, you must be registered in terms of the Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act, 1947 (Act 36 of 1947).

Farm feed and pet food are substances obtained by crushing or gritting condimental food, vitamins, or minerals. They are used for feeding domestic animals or livestock.

Before submitting your application, you must send a sample of the farm feed or pet food to any accredited laboratory. The product must be analysed according to the specified requirements.

Please note: Product registrations are valid for three years. You must renew the registration after three years.

What you should do

  1. Take a sample of the farm feed or pet food to an accredited laboratory for analysis to get a laboratory certificate.
  2. Documents required when applying to register a product:
    • a covering letter stating the reason for your application
    • written permission, if the farm feed or pet food has already been registered by another person
    • certificate of analysis from an accredited laboratory
    • proof of payment 
    • proposed product packaging or label.
  3. Download the application for registration of farm feed and fill it in. The form must be signed by a Commissioner of Oaths. 
  4. Pay the prescribed fee. If you are posting your application, you must pay the prescribed fee by cheque or electronic fund transfer (EFT) in favour of the Director-General: Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. If you are going to hand-deliver your application and your application fee, you must make sure you get a receipt of payment. If you are paying your fee through an Electronic Transfer Account, you must pay it into the following account:
    Account name: NDA-ACT36 of 1947
    Account number: 11 2031 02
    Branch code: 01 0845
    Bank name: Standard Bank
    Reference: 11FF1 and your company name
  5. Attach to the application form the: covering letter, proposed product label, certificate of analysis from the laboratory and proof of payment.
  6. Submit the application forms (one original and a copy) and the attached documents to: The Registrar: Act 36 of 1947, Private Bag X343, Pretoria, 0001 or hand-deliver them to: The Registrar: Act 36 of 1947, Agriculture Place, 20 Steve Biko Street, Arcadia, Pretoria.

How long does it take

It takes up to four months

How much does it cost

Tariffs for 2023/24

Who to contact



Lindinkosi Lembethe
Tel: 012 319 6863

National office
Tel: 012 319 6657
Fax: 012 319 7179
Physical address: 20 Steve Biko Street, Arcadia, Pretoria
Postal address: Private Bag X343, Pretoria 0001
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