The Agro-Processing Support Scheme (APSS) Application Window Period:
Agro-Processing Support Scheme designated application window for the receipt of applications was extended from 1 April 2019 until further notice.
The dti says this of the incentive:
Description of the Agro-processing Support Scheme (APSS)
The Objectives of the APSS: The objective of the APSS is to stimulate investment by South African agroprocessing/beneficiation (agri-business) enterprises. The investment should demonstrate that it will achieve some of the following:
Modernised machinery and equipment,
Competitiveness and productivity improvement,
Description of Qualifying Processes/Projects:
New and existing agro-processing/beneficiation projects. This can also involve a wide range of processing or beneficiation activities of post-harvest, that result in value addition and/or enhanced storage life, such as cleaning, sorting, grading, waxing, controlled ripening, labelling, packing & packaging, warehousing, canning, freezing, freeze drying, wood carving, extrusion, synthesizing, polymerisation, and various levels of processing that change agricultural product form.
In the forestry value-chain may also include sawing, pulping, peeling and preservation.
The APSS will be targeted at five key identified sub-sectors (focus areas) as follows:
(i) Food and beverage value addition and processing (including Black winemakers);
(ii) Furniture manufacturing;
(iii) Fibre processing;
(iv) Feed production; and
(v) Fertilizer production.
Interpretation of the focus areas within each sector will be at the discretion of the dti. Agro-processing/beneficiation activities will be considered based on economic impact in terms of job creation, geographic spread and strengthening supply chains.