8 November 2017
There have been no new confirmed avian influenza infections. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, has announced that there have been no new reported infections in the Western Cape this past week, signalling a possible positive turning point for the indsutry. There are currently 63 confirm... ...read more
 
2 November 2017
The Western Cape Government today (2 November 2017) announced the findings of its province-wide household census of residents working on farms, which it undertook as a key study to inform future policy. The three-year Agri Worker Household Census is the most comprehensive database of agricultural wo... ...read more
 
2 November 2017
There are 63 confirmed cases of avian influenza in the Western Cape. We have had no new infections at commercial farms since 18 October. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the confirmed cases included 12 layer farms. To date, 2.8 million commercial poultry birds have died or been c... ...read more
 
1 November 2017
The Western Cape is set to honour the men and women who are working hard to grow the province’s agriculture sector. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, announced that the Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards would be celebrated on Saturday, 4 November at Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl. The... ...read more
 
31 October 2017
Western Cape Government to brief media on census findings and response  The findings of a province-wide census of the social and economic status of agricultural employees will be released this week. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will discuss the findings at a media briefing on Thur... ...read more
 
30 October 2017
The African Horse Sickness vaccination season ends tomorrow. Tomorrow (31 October 2017), the AHS vaccination season within the AHS controlled area in the Western Cape comes to an end. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, explained that the vaccination season is legislated by the National... ...read more
 
27 October 2017
In the current drought conditions, a R4 million maintenance programme to bolster the Clanwilliam Dam canal system to stem unnecessary losses has resulted in a more sustainable water supply to the agriculture sector. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, visited Clanwilliam and Vredendal ye... ...read more
 
16 October 2017
The updated and translated Dairy Farming Handbook was launched by the Programme: Research and Technology Development Services (RTDS), Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) on the 12 October 2017 at the Sandringham Agri-Expo Livestock event.   Based on the original “Melkbeeshandleiding” comp... ...read more
 
13 October 2017
The number of confirmed cases of avian influenza in the Western Cape has risen to 50. Since the regional outbreak was first confirmed in the province in August, 2.5 million chickens and ducks have been culled. This includes: 2.4million layer birds 73 000 breeder birds 32 600 ducks. The Western Cape... ...read more
 
2 October 2017
Today (2 October 2017), Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, and the Western Cape Government team driving the avian influenza recovery plan, briefed the media on the regional outbreak of avian influenza in the province. Highlights include: 36 cases confirmed 70 ostrich farms under quarant... ...read more
 
29 September 2017
On Monday, (2 October 2017), the Western Cape Government will provide an update on avian influenza and the province’s response plan to the outbreak. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will host a media briefing on the status of the outbreak. He will be joined by the Western Cape Governm... ...read more
 
21 September 2017
There are 26 confirmed cases of avian influenza in the Western Cape. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (21 September 2017), released the latest on the status of the disease in the province. “There are currently 26 confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), strai... ...read more
 
7 September 2017
Today(7 September 2017), Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities and the state vet team briefed media on the current regional outbreak of avian influenza in the province. Highlights include: 17 cases confirmed 46 ostrich farms under quarantine In excess of 200 000 chickens have died or been... ...read more
 
30 August 2017
Two Western Cape female entrepreneurs have earned national recognition at the prestigious National Female Entrepreneur in Agriculture awards. The winners were announced during a gala evening held in Mpumalanga on Sunday evening (27 August 2017). Provincial winners from all nine provinces competed. B... ...read more
 
30 August 2017
Statement by Alan Winde, Minster of Economic Opportunities We welcome the R40 million in drought relief for agriculture allocated by the National Government. The funds will be used for animal feed for livestock. For the past five months, the Western Cape Government has been spending R11 million each... ...read more
 
30 August 2017
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in a commercial layer poultry farm in the province. On Tuesday (22 August 2017), the Department’s Veterinary Services programme confirmed the disease had spread to a farm in the Paardebe... ...read more
 
15 August 2017
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of Highly Pathogenic Avian influenza (HPAI), type H5N8, in two ostrich farms in the Heidelberg area. Avian influenza is a controlled disease in terms of the Animal Diseases Act, 35 of 1984. Vets from the Western Cape Department of... ...read more
 
4 August 2017
Food inflation is set to decrease this year as improved weather conditions in some parts of the country and a stronger rand are projected, according to the latest analysis from the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, this morning (4 August 2017) d... ...read more
 
25 July 2017
Young computer programmers are helping to develop answers to the water crisis, and create systems for families to better manage household tasks. As part of his month-long programme focused on highlighting the region’s up and coming innovators, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities yesterday... ...read more
 
29 June 2017
To mitigate the impact of the drought on jobs in agriculture, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture has allocated R73 million to farmers in the past year. Today (29 June 2017), the Western Cape Provincial Parliament debated the disaster declaration as a result of the current drought in the prov... ...read more
 

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