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
19 May 2020
          English         Afrikaans The Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) has distributed R10 million in fodder support to 1727 farmers located in extreme or critically extreme drought areas in the Western Cape. These areas include Central and Little Karoo, parts of the Cape Winelands a... ...read more
14 May 2020
             English           Afrikaans On Tuesday, 12 May 2020, accompanied by Premier Alan Winde and the Mayor of Witzenberg, Barnito Klaasen, I visited agribusinesses in Ceres, Witzenberg, one of the current Covid-19 hotspots in the Western Cape. The visit to Kalos Farms and the Du Toit Fruit Pa... ...read more
11 May 2020
           English             Afrikaans Following the suspension of formal classes on 18 March 2020 and the closure of hostels on 20 March 2020 at the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute (EATI), management has engaged students and parents to clarify the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on the... ...read more
11 May 2020
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5 May 2020
Earlier today the Western Cape Cabinet confirmed the guidelines and protocols for the transport of essential seasonal workers in the agriculture sector from the Western Cape to other provinces. The guidelines require that the following documents accompany every essential worker in circumstances wher... ...read more
3 May 2020
         English      Afrikaans On Thursday, 30 April 2020, I met with key stakeholders in Witzenberg to present the cabinet approved Western Cape Government Integrated Covid-19 Response Plan for the Witzenberg region. This plan is in response to the rapid increase in the number of Covid-19 positive... ...read more
23 April 2020
Earlier today, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture and the Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber of South Africa (DFDC-SA) handed over 10 000 fruit parcels to the NGO, Gift of the Givers, for further distribution amongst vulnerable communities in the Western Cape. Gift of the Givers is currentl... ...read more
20 April 2020
The United Nations celebrates World Creativity and Innovation Day on 21 April 2020. The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has allocated a once-off contribution of R10 million towards the infrastructure and key equipment required for a quarantine accredited Tissue Culture Facility (TFC) which wi... ...read more
14 April 2020
SOUNDCLIPS:                                                   English        Afrikaans Today, I visited the De Fynne Nursery in Paarl where I handed over the first of 100 000 cloth masks to be distributed to agri workers across the Western Cape. I also visited the Distell Monis Production Plant, a s... ...read more
8 April 2020
      English      Afrikaans I welcome the news today that regulations have been amended to allow for the export of wines from South Africa.  During the lockdown period, the following is now permitted: The transportation of wines and any other fresh produce products at seaports and international air... ...read more
7 April 2020
           English           Afrikaans  It is with great sadness that I have learnt of the tragic passing of six agri workers in a horrific accident on the N1 between De Doorns and Touwsrivier earlier this morning. I have dispatched staff from the Western Cape Department of Agriculture to the scene... ...read more
7 April 2020
I want to thank farmers and agri workers for embracing the responsibility for not only ensuring that food production continues during the COVID -19 lockdown, but that it is done with due regard to the relevant health and safety measures as per the relevant regulations. This special dispensation was... ...read more
6 April 2020
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