- Commenced on 9 February 1990
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2016 and includes any amendments published up to 31 December 2017.]
- [Note: This version of the Act was revised and consolidated by the Law Development Commission of Zimbabwe]
Part I – Preliminary
1. Short titleThis Act may be cited as the Sericulture Act [Chapter 18:18].
2. InterpretationIn this Act—“breeder” means a person who is engaged in the rearing of silkworms for the production of silkworm seed;“cocoon” means a silk shell spun by a silkworm larva, whether green, yellow, white, dried, stuffed or in any other condition, but does not include a pierced cocoon, that is to say a cocoon shell from which an adult moth has emerged;“disease” means any disease or symptom affecting silkworms which is declared in terms of section seven to be a disease for the purposes of this Act;“inspector” means a person designated as an inspector in terms of section ten;“Minister” means the Minister of Agriculture or any other Minister to whom the President may, from time to time, assign the administration of this Act;“raw silk” includes silk yarn reeled off cocoons and twisted silk yarn;“rearer” means a person who is engaged in the rearing of silkworm for the production of cocoons;“reeler” means a person who unravels and reels silk yarn from cocoons;“registered buyer” means a person who is registered to buy cocoons or raw silk;“silkworm” means the caterpillar of the mulberry silk moth Bombyx mori;“silkworm seed” means the eggs of the silk moth Bombyx mori;“twister” means a person who is in charge of an establishment in which twisted silk yarn is produced.
Part II – Registration and controls
3. Registering officerWhere the Minister has published a notice in terms of section four requiring all breeders, buyers, rearers, reelers or twisters or any class of breeders, rearers, reelers or twisters to register, there shall be a registering officer who shall be responsible for their registration in terms of this Act and his office shall be a public office and form part of the Public Service.
4. Registration of breeders, buyers, rearers, reelers and twisters
5. Restrictions on disposal of cocoons, silkworm seed and raw silk and reeling of cocoons
6. Restriction on varieties of silkworm which may be reared in, or imported into, an area
Part III – Control of diseases
7. Declaration of diseasesThe Minister may, by statutory instrument, declare any disease or symptom affecting silkworms to be a disease for the purposes of this Act, whether or not caused by, or consisting of, the presence of any insect, fungus, bacteria or virus.
8. Disease areas
9. Notification and control of disease
Part IV – General
11. Powers of police officers and inspectors
History of this document
09 February 1990