Farmer Support and Development
Name: 
Mr Mogale Sebopetsa
Telephone number: 
021 808 5103
Fax number: 
021 808 5251
Are you a Western Cape farmer? Click here to get the latest facts on drought.

DROUGHT FACT SHEET FOR THE WESTERN CAPE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR 2015-2017

 

If you have been affected by disaster - please do the following:

  1. Receive the form by mail or hard copy from your Department of Agriculture office or download a copy here:  English  |  Afrikaans.
  2. Read the survey carefully and complete the form in detail.
  3. Return the form to the Department of Agriculture office within two weeks.

An official will contact you as soon as all forms for a specific disaster have been completed and you will be instructed as to the way forward.

Contact person:  Zaibu Arai  |  Tel. 021 808 5368  |  Email: ZaibuA@elsenburg.com

Documents can also be downloaded here:  Disaster Risk Management

About us

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. This support is to enhance Land Reform programmes through institutional capacity building. Given that the predominant need for the development of an equitable and diverse agricultural sector has been identified, a large part of the budget will be utilised to build the capacity of the historically disadvantaged communities and individuals flowing from the Land Reform programmes.

The purpose of the Programme FSD is :

  • To ensure sustainable support mechanism for new and established farmers (including land reform beneficiaries).
  • To measure the impact of interventions as delivered by the programme.
  • To leverage investment from the private sector and commodity groupings.
  • To ensure quality and standards of service and advise to farmers.
  • To integrate our services with those of municipalities and other government departments with the implementation of food gardens for communities and households.
  • To facilitate skills development for qualifying farmers.

The programme is structured into four(4) Directorates namely:

  • Farmer Settlement & Development
  • Extension & Advisory Services
  • Food Security
  • Casidra

The Programme comprises of eight(8) Regional offices spread across the Province.

Name: 
Mr Mogale Sebopetsa
Telephone number: 
021 808 5103
Fax number: 
021 808 5251
Farmer Settlement and Development

The purpose of the directorate is to facilitate, co-ordinate and provide support to black smallholder farmers and commercial farmers through sustainable development within agrarian reform initiatives in the Province.

Did you know?

The directorate provides the following services:

  • Farm Assessment report for Land Reform purposes;
  • Farm Plans to enable the sustainable use of natural resources;
  • Support to smallholder and commercial farmers.
Name: 
Mr Douglas Chitepo
Telephone number: 
021 808 5100
Fax number: 
021 808 7629
Extension & Advisory Services

The purpose of the Directorate is to provide extension and advisory services to farmers.

The directorate has employed the digital smart pen to assist in monitoring the quality of services rendered  to farmers.

Did you know?

The directorate facilitates the delivery of:

  • Farmers' days;
  • Information days;
  • Conduct Skills Audits, and
  • Facilitate the appointment of mentors to assist smallholder farmers through the commodity approach.

Contact list of all the Extension Officers can be downloaded here.

Name: 
Ms Carol Levendal
Telephone number: 
021 808 5199
Fax number: 
021 808 7629
Food Security

The purpose of the directorate is to support, advice and coordinate the implementation of pillar one of the Integrated Food Security Strategy of South Africa (IFSS).

The directorate contributes directly to alleviation of food insecurity through the delivery of household and community gardens.

Did you know?

  • This directorate uses support household food production in communities through the suitcase programme (household food production programme).
  • Supports Community and School gardens.
  • Conduct Food Security Awareness campaigns.

 

Name: 
Mr Adriaan Conradie
Telephone number: 
021 808 7674
Fax number: 
021 808 7756
Casidra SOC (Ltd)

The purpose of the Directorate is to support the Department with project implementation and state farm management.

Did you know?

Casidra is responsible for project implementation in the Western Cape.

Philippi Horticultural Area Plan (PHA)

The PHA is defined as “unique Agricultural Land” in terms of the National Policy on the Protection of High Potential and Unique Agricultural Land (2006), that is:  land that is or can be used for producing specific high value crops.

Executive Summary 

INTRODUCTION 

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture commissioned a study in July 2017 to develop a Socio-Economic Agricultural Plan for the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA).  The study was initiated in response to growing stakeholder concern about the lack of policy certainty regarding land use and the protected area status of the PHA.  The tender for the study was awarded to Indego Consulting, which led a consortium of specialist firms and individuals. 
The Indego team was required to review the significance of the PHA in terms of agricultural production, the natural environment and its broader socio-economic role and contribution.  The study was located within the context of the negative impact of climate change and severe drought on agricultural production within the Western Cape. 
The Indego team adopted a participatory approach to the research and engaged a broad range of stakeholders throughout the PHA value-chain.  Research findings were informed by a farmer survey, as well as an extensive literature, legislation and policy review.   

BACKGROUND 

The remaining “core” of the PHA constitutes about 1 884 hectares of agricultural land within the Cape Flats District of the City of Cape Town (CCT). The “greater” PHA area, comprising 3168.65ha, includes a broad range of both formal and informal land uses, including residential and industrial, creating so-called “buffer areas” around the core PHA.  There are nine informal settlements within the “greater” PHA area, with only one located within the “core”.   
In the past, a broadly-held and long-established policy consensus was in place that the greater PHA is unique and should be retained for horticulture, sand mining and silica sand mining.  However, since 1988 a sequence of planning decisions has led to a reduction in the core PHA footprint.  In recent years, the policy certainty around the land uses of the PHA has been further eroded by:  

•    inadequate policing of zoning scheme regulations, resulting in an intrusion of non-conforming land uses in areas on the fringe of the PHA;
•    precedent-setting land development applications in the southern quadrants of the PHA; and,
•    amendments to the City of Cape Town’s SDF and urban edge in 2011 and 2014.

This has placed the PHA under severe stress owing to a changing urban edge and rezoning of land from agricultural to mixed use. The remaining farm land is under pressure from illegal dumping, conflicting land uses, winter flooding and safety and security concerns.  There is a lack of proactive management of the underlying Cape Flats Aquifer (CFA). Encroachment of industrial, informal and residential land uses increases the risk of aquifer contamination and decreases the available recharge area due to natural vegetation being replaced with impermeable concrete.   

CONCLUSION

The implementation of this PHA Plan must happen.  The PHA is an urban asset that contributes to the City’s water resilience, inclusivity, food security and sustainability.  It is an asset that has value for all City citizens and especially the agricultural sector and those that live, work, visit and invest in the PHA. The failure to implement the Plan will result in the further deterioration and loss of the PHA.  The public sector has a legislative and policy mandate to protect, manage and regulate this land owing to its environmental, agricultural and socio-economic significance.  However, the public sector cannot do this alone.  The socio-economic and environmental context of the PHA requires the participation of the private sector, organised civil society and communities to protect and defend the PHA and support sustainable and appropriate economic activity.  This requires a social compact that will focus on the improved management, regulation, safety, social and appropriate economic development of the PHA.  It requires stakeholders to move forward together based on policy and planning certainty that the PHA is to be retained for horticultural and compatible sand mining purposes.

To read more about PHA findings (download the documents below):

  1. PHA Socio-Economic Agricultural Plan (2018)
  2. Annexure A: PHA Survey of Natural Resources
  3. Annexure B: PHA Spatial Planning Component
  4. Annexure C: Vegetable Production Overview in South Africa, Western Cape and PHA
  5. Annexure D: Summary list of broader PHA stakeholders consulted
  6. PHA Stakeholder Feedback session - 24 April 2018
Are you a Western Cape farmer? Click here to get the latest facts on drought.
DROUGHT FACT SHEET FOR THE WESTERN CAPE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR 2015-2017   If you have been affected by disaster - please do the following: Receive the form by mail or hard copy from your Department of Agriculture office or download a copy here:  English  |  Afrikaans. Read the survey carefully and complete the form in de... ...read more
About us
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. This support is to enhance Land Refor... ...read more
Farmer Settlement and Development
The purpose of the directorate is to facilitate, co-ordinate and provide support to black smallholder farmers and commercial farmers through sustainable development within agrarian reform initiatives in the Province. Did you know? The directorate provides the following services: Farm Assessment report for Land Reform p... ...read more
Extension & Advisory Services
The purpose of the Directorate is to provide extension and advisory services to farmers. The directorate has employed the digital smart pen to assist in monitoring the quality of services rendered  to farmers. Did you know? The directorate facilitates the delivery of: Farmers' days; Information days; Conduct Skills Aud... ...read more
Food Security
The purpose of the directorate is to support, advice and coordinate the implementation of pillar one of the Integrated Food Security Strategy of South Africa (IFSS). The directorate contributes directly to alleviation of food insecurity through the delivery of household and community gardens. Did you know? This directo... ...read more
Casidra SOC (Ltd)
The purpose of the Directorate is to support the Department with project implementation and state farm management. Did you know? Casidra is responsible for project implementation in the Western Cape.
Philippi Horticultural Area Plan (PHA)
The PHA is defined as “unique Agricultural Land” in terms of the National Policy on the Protection of High Potential and Unique Agricultural Land (2006), that is:  land that is or can be used for producing specific high value crops. Executive Summary  INTRODUCTION  The Western Cape Department of Agriculture commissione... ...read more