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CapeFarmMapper 2.0 is here!

A new version of CapeFarmMapper has been released on the 1st of April 2016.  CapeFarmMapper is an online mapping application developed by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture.  The old version has been in operation for over four years and will be deprecated at the end of March 2016.  The new version implements more up to date technologies and aims to provide a better user experience and more advanced tools.

The application aims to assist users with spatial information queries and decision making in the fields of agriculture, farm planning and environmental management by providing access to numerous spatial data sets in the WCDoA spatial database through Web services, as wells as a range of tools that allow users to create data, import and export user generated spatial data, create maps, share map views and access geoprocessing services on the WCDoA map server.

Some of the new features of CapeFarmMapper version 2 include:

  • a new user interface,
  • a new mapping API and HTML framework,
  • improved layer control,
  • improved graphic manipulation and labelling,
  • additional geoprocessing tools.

The application is compatible with all modern browsers e.g. Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 10+ and Safari.

For any queries regarding the new version release, please contact the Western Cape Department of Agriculture at

Application Link:

Auction of young ostrich breeders at Oudtshoorn Research farm

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture are presenting the twelfth consecutive auction of young breeder ostriches at Oudtshoorn Research Farm on 15 March 2016. 

This yearly production auction has become a highlight on the calendar of the Oudtshoorn Research Farm. The auction give producers access to young breeders with records, thus giving them an opportunity to obtain better genetic material to improve their breeding flocks.   The ostriches are presented with individual breeding values for life weight, egg production and chick production.  A total of 86 young breeders will be made available for sale.  

The auction will start at 14:00 on 15 March and will be presented in the form of a catalogue auction where each ostrich will be presented individually for sale.  Catalogue will be available at registration or beforehand if requested.  There will be an opportunity for viewing of the ostriches on appointment before the auction. 

Interested parties can either contact Zanell Brand (044-2726077 / or Anel Engelbrecht (044-2726077 / for more information.   



Volstruisveiling op Oudtshoorn Navorsingsplaas

Die Wes-Kaapse Departement Landbou se Oudtshoorn Navorsingsplaas bied vanjaar die twaalfde agtereenvolgende volstruisveiling van jong broeivoëls aan op 15 Maart 2016. 

Die jaarlikse produksieveiling van jong broeivoëls poog om aan volstruisprodusente die geleentheid te gee om beter genetiese materiaal vir hulle broeikuddes te bekom.  Die diere word met individuele teeltwaardes vir liggaamsgewig, eierproduksie en kuikenproduksie aangebied.  Daar sal 86 jong broeivolstruise  aangebied word.  

Die veiling sal om 14:00 op 15 Maart begin en neem die vorm van ‘n katalogusveiling aan waar elke volstruis indiwidueel opgeveil word.  Katalogusse sal by registrasie beskikbaar wees, of vooraf op aanvraag.  Die volstruise kan ook voor die veiling op afspraak besigtig word. 

Belangstellendes kan vir Zanell Brand (044-2726077 / of Anel Engelbrecht (044-2726077 / kontak vir meer inligting.   


African Horse Sickness

A ban on the direct movement of horses into the Western Cape’s African Horse Sickness (AHS) Controlled Area zones comes into effect on Monday (1 February 2016).

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the movement restrictions meant that all horses entering the province’s AHS Controlled Area would spend 14 days at a stop-quarantine facility.

"We need to protect our status as an African Horse Sickness free zone. The high risk AHS season is from 1 February to 30 June. In order to manage the risk, all horses entering the province during these months will be held at an approved facility for a minimum of 14 days.

“After this period, they will be tested to prove they are free of AHS. This test will take place at a lab approved by the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The horses will be then able to enter the Western Cape’s AHS Controlled Area.”

Minister Winde added that according to the AHS Control Policy: Movement Control Protocol, all horses entering the AHS Controlled Area, from an AHS Infected Zone, must have been vaccinated within the past two years and not less than 40 days prior to entry.

The Standard Operating Procedure for AHS Stop-Over Quarantine is attached.


For media queries, kindly contact:

Bronwynne Jooste
Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
Western Cape Government

Tel: 021 483 3550
Cell: 060 970 4301
Twitter: bronwynnejooste

2016 Study Information

2017 Study Information can be downloaded here.

2016 Study Information can be downloaded here,

Invitation to participate in the Programme for Young Professional Persons

Invitation to participate in the Programme for Young Professional Persons.

Closing date:  25 January 2016

Download all the information here.



NPO's can now apply for funding.

Are you a registered NPO delivering a service to FARM WORKERS in the Western Cape? Submit an application for funding here.

Western Cape's top agricultural employee announced

Read the full story here.


Youth Skills Development Programme

YOUNG and can’t wait to study? Click here to have a look at the Department’s opportunities for youth.

Latest edition of the AgriProbe is now available
Farmer Support and Development

The Farmer Support and Development Programme (FSD) encompasses the broad development agenda of the Department of Agriculture, therefore the design and implementation are predominantly for supporting smallholder farmers in the Western Cape but does not exclude the commercial sector.

Study Agriculture in 2017

Applications for the 2016 Academic Year can now be submitted until 30 June 2017.


Soil, Water & Plant Diagnostics

The soil, water & plant diagnostics laboratory renders diagnostic services to the farming community of the Western Cape.

For more information, please contact Maryna Kruger at (T) 021 808 5296 or e-mail:

Veterinary Export Control Services

The Deputy Director: Export Control assisted by 6 State Veterinarians and a technical manager are responsible for managing and controlling the exportation of products of animal origin from the Western Cape Province. They facilitate the certification these products in accordance with international norms and standards. More than 50 % of all products of animal origin that are exported from South Africa originate from the Western Cape Province. There are four European Union approved ostrich export abattoirs within the province. A state veterinarian is assigned to each of these abattoirs to implement and maintain the prescribed official veterinary management system at each abattoir. This includes implementation of the National Residue Monitoring Program.

The Export Control programme is responsible for the auditing of all abattoirs, processing plants and dairy establishments that wish to export products. These facilities are audited once a year to ensure compliance with the registration requirements of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as well as import requirements.


Veterinary Laboratory - Histopathology

The Provincial Veterinary Laboratory at Helderfontein, Stellenbosch renders an extensive diagnostic service to the livestock, poultry, ostrich and aquaculture industries and a supporting service to other provincial and national Departments.

A wide spectrum of tests is conducted in the bacteriology, virology, parasitology and biochemistry sections of the laboratory. The laboratory has implemented a computerized laboratory information system (LIMS) that will greatly enhance the capturing and availability of data on all the functions performed. A satellite veterinary laboratory at Beaufort West also renders an extensive diagnostic service within the Karoo region.

The Provincial laboratory is in the process of obtaining ISO 17025 accreditation. This will facilitate international recognition and the maintenance of a high standard of service delivery.

Plant Pathology Laboratory

The plant laboratory renders a plant disease diagnostic service to the public of the Western Cape. We specialize in the fields of vegetable-, small grain-, lupin- and canola diseases.