13 February 2019
An independent study of land reform projects supported by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture between 2009 and 2013, found that 62% of projects were successful. The evaluation was one of the only studies into the success of land reform in the country. In its provincial strategic plan for 2014... ...read more
12 February 2019
The Western Cape has recorded the lowest expanded unemployment rate and the highest labour absorption rate in the country-indicating that the province’s efforts to create an environment conducive to economic growth and job creation are paying off. StatsSA released their Quarterly Labour Force Survey... ...read more
21 November 2018
Yesterday, Tuesday, 20 November 2018, the winners of the Department of Agriculture’s annual food security agri awards competition were announced at a ceremony held in Villiersdorp. The competition, held in Villiersdorp and surrounding areas Lebanon, Nuweberg and Klein Begin was a follow-up to the of... ...read more
5 November 2018
This year’s winner of the Prestige Agri Award is Isaac Ntoto, from Garden of Eden Berries in Brandwag, Mossel Bay. The announcement was made at a gala event held at the Nederburg Wine Estate on Saturday night. Ntoto oversees all the technical aspects of the farm, ranging from soil sampling to fertil... ...read more
19 October 2018
Nine final year winemaking students at the Department of Agriculture’s Elsenburg College showcased the wines that they have made as part of their studies. Students at the college are trained to make wines on a commercial scale in order to be industry ready when they graduate. At the end of their stu... ...read more
27 August 2018
As Women’s Month draws to a close, two Western Cape businesses have received national recognition in separate awards ceremonies honouring women and women empowerment. Western Cape pig farmer Leandre Mitchley walked away with the national award for the top small holder farming entrepreneur at the Fem... ...read more
17 August 2018
The impact of policy uncertainty around land reform and the drought, were the central focus of this year’s BFAP report which was released at an event in Somerset West today. The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy’s (BFAP) Baseline 2018-2027, which is co-funded by the Western Cape Department of... ...read more
13 August 2018
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture held its prize ceremony for the Female Entrepreneur Awards in Stellenbosch last night, honouring the many hard-working women in the sector and the role they play in food security and growing the economy. The competition is a joint effort between the Nationa... ...read more
13 August 2018
If the Western Cape were a country, it would be the world’s fifth largest exporter of citrus fruits. South Africa is currently the second biggest exporter of citrus in the world after Spain, accounting for 10% of the global market. The Western Cape currently exports the majority share of this, at 62... ...read more
2 July 2018
New research into the Fourth Industrial Revolution has revealed how the Western Cape's agricultural sector can harness water saving technology, drones, genetic development and robotics to develop the industry, contribute to food security and create new jobs in emerging fields. The report - prepared... ...read more
21 June 2018
Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde has officially opened the 2018 Prestige Agri Awards. This year marks the seventh year that the Department of Agriculture has partnered with supermarket giant Shoprite to sponsor the awards. The competition aims to celebrate excellence among those workin... ...read more
17 April 2018
An independent study commissioned by the Department of Agriculture into the importance of the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) has confirmed that the area is a significant employment generator and agricultural asset to both the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape, especially in light of the curr... ...read more
17 April 2018
The South African Cheese Festival, presented for the 17th time this year from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 April 2018, annually affords a number of small cheese makers the opportunity to receive significant exposure for their businesses and products. “The Cheese Festival has been bringing cheese producers... ...read more
13 February 2018
Statistics South Africa jobs data for the last quarter of 2017, released today, shows that the Western Cape created the most jobs last quarter of any province, at 92 000 jobs created. We also recorded the highest year-on-year increase in the number of jobs created, with 106 000 jobs added. The provi... ...read more
12 February 2018
Once a very small crop in the Western Cape, cherries have more than quadrupled their export market share over the last four years, and continue to show excellent potential as an alternative crop. The Western Cape Government has to date invested R6.916 million in the development of alternative crops... ...read more
8 February 2018
Statement by Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell. Western Cape allocates further R82.5 million for drought The Western Cape cabinet has approved the allocation of an additional amount of R82.5 million to the Provincial Department of Local Gover... ...read more
31 January 2018
Western Cape farmers and bird owners should continue to exercise caution around the bird flu virus by maintaining strict biosecurity measures. No new outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu strain have been detected since last October on previously uninfected chicken farms. The strain has,... ...read more
9 January 2018
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (9 January 2018) announced that no new cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) have been confirmed at previously uninfected poultry farms in the province since 31 October 2017. In December, there was a reoccurrence at a previously infec... ...read more
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