13 August 2020
The Western Cape Government identified Safe and Cohesive communities as one of the Vision-Inspired Priorities (VIP) for the province.  This is reflected as one of the key priorities set by the Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer. Rural safety is key in ensuring that the agricultural sector is pro... ...read more
11 August 2020
The Sustainability Institute of South Africa (SIZA) in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Agriculture has completed an exploratory study into the representation and treatment of women within what many believe to be a male-dominated agricultural sector. The primary objective of the study... ...read more
5 August 2020
Yesterday, 3 August 2020, Dr Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, met with stakeholders in the Breede Valley and Langeberg Municipalities. During the meeting Minister Meyer supported by Cape Winelands District (CWD) Mayor, Dr Helena von Schlicht and officials from the Departments of Agr... ...read more
29 July 2020
Following the Western Cape Government’s call to Farm Watches to apply for accreditation, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer recently visited Redelinghuys in the Bergrivier Municipality where he handed over a ‘Starter Kit” to the Redelinghuys Farm Watch. The "Starter Kit" consist... ...read more
28 July 2020
The Western Cape Government's ‘One Home, One Garden’ Campaign is gaining momentum across the Province with a total of 1371 food gardens established over the past two months. Last week 433 gardens were established in the Metro with 123 of them being in Gugulethu. Other areas that have benefitted incl... ...read more
27 July 2020
Earlier today, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture presented its 2020 Adjusted Budget of R888 million to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Environmental Affairs. The Adjusted Budget reduces the budget for the current financial year by R82 million. Key drivers for these cuts are amongs... ...read more
7 July 2020
          English          Afrikaans Yesterday, 6 July 2020, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer chaired the quarterly meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on Rural Safety. The meeting comes amid reports that the Western Cape is experiencing an increase in farm attacks. M... ...read more
6 July 2020
          English          Afrikaans The Western Cape Government has brought online 1088 isolation and quarantine facility beds in the Cape Winelands District by 30 June 2020. Everyone needs to take definite action to protect the vulnerable and those at high risk of severe COVID-19. By quarantining... ...read more
3 July 2020
Amidst Covid-19, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) continues to support and nurture Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) within the Western Cape's agricultural economy. The Department believes that SMMEs have a vital role to play in job creation and economic growth. The WCDoA... ...read more
30 June 2020
ONE HOME ONE GARDEN CAMPAIGN ENCOURAGES HOUSEHOLDS TO START FOOD PRODUCTION UNITS In support of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s (WCDoA) One Home One Garden Campaign Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer recently visited food gardens in Witzenberg. According to Minister Mey... ...read more
25 June 2020
       English        Afrikaans Yesterday, Western Cape Department of Agriculture's research dairy farms in Stellenbosch and George donated milk to the Milk Producers Organisation for further distribution amongst vulnerable communities in the Western Cape. Speaking at the handover, Western Cape Mini... ...read more
23 June 2020
      English        Afrikaans Yesterday, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, and Executive Mayor of Swartland Municipality, Mr Tjimen van Essen visited Swartland grain and livestock farmers, Alfreda Mars and Andries van der Poll. Alfreda Mars farms with sheep and grain on her f... ...read more
18 June 2020
ELSENBURG AGRICULTURAL TRAINING INSTITUTE REOPENS DOORS FOR STUDENTS   Earlier today, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, welcomed back senior students at the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute (EATI). Before meeting students, staff briefed Minister Meyer on the level of Covi... ...read more
15 June 2020
    English    Afrikaans Over the past five years, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) has spent R53.7 million on programmes targeting the development of our youth. Nine hundred and ninety-three (993) beneficiaries benefitted from our bursaries, scholarships, internships (graduate, st... ...read more
11 June 2020
        English        Afrikaans Today, I visited Booysen’s Tunnel Farming outside Kraaifontein in Cape Town. Owned by youth farmer Byron Booysen, Booysen’s Tunnel Farming is slowly establishing itself as a commercial producer and supplier of tomatoes to local markets. Six years ago, Byron decided t... ...read more
10 June 2020
The Western Cape Government welcomes the decision handed down by Acting Judge Vos of the Western Cape Division of the High Court to set aside the Auditor General's qualified audit reports on the Western Cape Department of Agriculture for the financial years ending 31 March 2017 and 31 March 2018. Th... ...read more
7 June 2020
          ​​​​  ​English         Afrikaans The Covid-19 pandemic has placed the spotlight on food security. It also puts the spotlight on food safety. The World Health Organization reminds us that we have a role to play from farm to table to ensure the food we consume is safe and will not cause dama... ...read more
1 June 2020
      English      Afrikaans Tomorrow, 1 June 2020, Witzenberg and the Cape Winelands moves to Level 3 of the Covid-19 lockdown regulations. The implementation of Level 3 lockdown regulations further opens up our economy and increases the movement of people. It does not signal that we have defeated... ...read more
22 May 2020
Today, 22 May 2020, South Africa joins the world in celebrating International Biological Diversity Day. We do so amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.  Themed, “Our solutions are in nature", International Biological Diversity Day 2020 highlights the importance of working together to build a future of life i... ...read more