22 October 2019
I am thrilled that the new national diploma to be offered at the Western Cape Government’s Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute has received SAQA accreditation. The decision to offer the three-year diploma as from January 2020 is in line with the Western Cape Government’s stated intention to pr... ...read more
15 August 2019
Yesterday, Premier Winde, Minister of Agriculture Ivan Meyer and the Western Cape cabinet met with representatives from the agricultural sector to discuss the successes and challenges and challenges they face. The meeting forms part of a series of engagements Premier Winde and his cabinet will hold... ...read more
12 August 2019
Western Cape Agriculture Veterinary Laboratory Services maintains international accreditation Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer recently hosted an awards evening for staff of the Western Cape Provincial Veterinary Laboratory to celebrate their contributions to the laboratory’s succ... ...read more
7 August 2019
On the eve of Women’s Day 2019, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture recently held its annual Female Entrepreneur Awards Ceremony in Stellenbosch on Friday night, honouring the many hard-working women in the sector and the role they play in food security and growing the economy. The competitio... ...read more
22 July 2019
This year marks the eighth year that the Department of Agriculture has partnered with supermarket giant Shoprite to sponsor the awards. The competition acknowledges agri workers across 11 categories and in 16 districts for the important and valuable contribution that they make towards the sustainabi... ...read more
5 July 2019
Earlier today Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Dr Ivan Meyer, visited two agriculture projects currently supported by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. Chamomile Farming Enterprises located in Schaapkraal, Philippi is a mixed farming business producing open land vegetables and eggs thr... ...read more
1 July 2019
Close on the heels of being awarded with the 2018 Premier Service Excellence Award Gold in the Category Best Implemented Plan, the SmartAgri plan of the Department was recently awarded with the Eco-logic 2019 Award Gold in the category Climate Change at a prestigious event held in Cape Town. The Eco... ...read more
13 June 2019
Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer and Minister of Community Safety Adv Albert Fritz welcome the news that Western Cape police have arrested four (4) suspects in connection with the robbery on a Klapmuts farm earlier in June. Ivan Meyer: “Now that the suspects have been arrested the... ...read more
3 June 2019
Office of the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Western Cape Government Following the recent killing of famer, Stefan Smit on the Louiesenhof Wine Estate at Stellenbosch yesterday, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Adv. Albert Fritz an... ...read more
30 May 2019
Following a meeting between Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer and Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Adv. Albert Fritz, the two Minister’s expressed in the strongest possible terms their condemnation of the senseless murder of farmers, agri-workers and those associated with... ...read more
20 May 2019
There are billions of Rands worth of opportunities for green economy investors in South Africa. These opportunities are highlighted in the annual GreenCape flagship market intelligence reports (MIRs). The 2019 MIRs, which were funded by the Western Cape Provincial Government’s Department of Economic... ...read more
29 April 2019
The annual South African Cheese Festival, which celebrates some of the Western Cape’s finest agricultural produce, takes place at Sandringham Estate in Stellenbosch this weekend. Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer said: “The annual South African Cheese Festival not only plays a maj... ...read more
17 April 2019
Drought support in excess of R40 million has been allocated to farmers in the province for the months of March and April. The Department of Agriculture in the Western Cape has been providing livestock farmers with vouchers to buy fodder throughout the drought. During the second round of the summer P... ...read more
11 April 2019
The Western Cape Veterinary Services in conjunction with South African Equine Health and Protocols (SAEHP) have focused efforts to enable equine exports from the province. As part of this drive, the Western Cape has instigated further control measures to ensure the integrity of the African Horse Sic... ...read more
4 April 2019
The private sector has  shown its commitment to developing black smallholder farmers in the province, with all eleven of the agricultural commodity groups who have been part of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s commodity approach to land reform, signing new MOUs last week. Under the commo... ...read more
2 April 2019
Would you like to introduce your products into the Chinese market? The 23rd Food and Hotel China (FHC) is set to take place on the 12-14 November 2019 and is set to be bigger and better than ever before. The FHC is an international exhibition for food, drink, hospitality, foodservice, bakery, and th... ...read more
1 April 2019
The European Union, the largest consumer of South African ostrich meat, has lifted the ban on ostrich imports. The decision, published last week, lifts the ban imposed last year. The ban was implemented because the national Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries' residue testing procedure... ...read more
1 April 2019
Minister of Economic Opportunities,Beverley Schäfer says she hopes that the people of Ebenhaeser go on to become successful commercial farmers, following the hand-over of title deeds in the Western Cape's largest agricultural restitution land claim yesterday.   President Cyril Ramaphosa handed over... ...read more
28 March 2019
Minister of Economic Opportunities Beverley Schäfer delivered the budgets for the 2019/20 financial year for Agriculture and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism. These two departments are integral to achieving the goals of growing the economy and creating jobs in the Western Cape. Dur... ...read more
7 March 2019
Blockchain provides opportunities to improve government efficiency and develop the new economy Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille and Minister of Economic Opportunities, Beverley Schäfer both gave key note addresses at the Blockchain Africa conference held in Cape Town today, focusing on the p... ...read more