30 July 2021
Yesterday, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, visited the Western Cape Government’s Covid-19 vaccination facility at the Satellite Health Facility at Bovlei Farm in Wellington, where approximately 500 agri-workers lined up for their Covid-19 vaccination. Minister Meyer was accompan... ...read more
27 July 2021
The move to Adjusted Alert Level 3 will provide a welcome boost to the Western Cape’s wine industry. This sector is a major employer in the Western Cape and has been under immense pressure. This is confirmed by a report on the economic impact of government restrictions on the alcohol industry commis... ...read more
15 July 2021
Today, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture joins the United Nations in observing World Youth Skills Day. We do so by highlighting the training opportunities on offer and acknowledging the resilience and creativity of youth through the current Covid-19 pandemic. We must ensure that there are t... ...read more
14 July 2021
Given the current pandemic, we have to consider innovative ways to protect lives and livelihoods within the wine sector. I, therefore, call on the national government to allow wine and liquor to be sold online and delivered to consumers' residences via transport or courier services. Doing so is a co... ...read more
9 July 2021
Earlier today, Dr Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, launched the Ostrich Slaughter Planner, a smart technology tool developed by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture in response to the industry's need to streamline recordkeeping, planning, and issuing of permits for the slaught... ...read more
1 July 2021
Following the recent announcement that the Western Cape Department of Agriculture will be hosting the International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops in 2023 in Stellenbosch, another major international congress, The World Congress on Conservation Agriculture, is also heading to Cape To... ...read more
30 June 2021
       I welcome the news that following my letter to the national Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, Section 29 of the Alert Level-4 Covid-19 Lockdown Restrictions dated June 2021 have now been amended. The amendment allows liquor, including wine, to be transp... ...read more
29 June 2021
Earlier today, I wrote to the National Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, to request her assistance to address specific challenges of the Level-4 Covid-19 Lockdown Restrictions and, particularly, regarding its impact on the Wine Industry. I alerted the Minister... ...read more
17 June 2021
Today, the Western Cape joins the United Nations member states to celebrate Desertification and Drought Day. “By doing so, we place the spotlight on the state of our land, without which it will be almost impossible to have a productive agricultural sector,” says Western Cape Minister for Agriculture... ...read more
15 June 2021
Yesterday, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, visited Raymond and Betty O’Grady, the elderly owners of the Hillcrest Berry Farm in Stellenbosch. They survived a vicious farm attack in the early hours of 21 August 2020. Raymond O’Grady highlights that farm attacks are complicate... ...read more
15 June 2021
On Saturday 12 June 2021, the National Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza and Western Cape Minister for Agriculture, Ivan Meyer, officially commissioned the Ebenhaeser Irrigation Scheme, West Coast District. The commissioning of the Ebenhaeser Irrigation Scheme... ...read more
10 June 2021
South Africa’s economy increased by an annualised and adjusted quarterly growth rate of 4.6% in the first quarter of 2021, according to StatsSA’s latest report. This same report further indicated that the agricultural sector’s performance declined by 3.2% in the first quarter of 2021. However, the y... ...read more
8 June 2021
An expert group of approximately 120 international and South African irrigation and horticultural scientists will be warmly welcomed to Stellenbosch on 29 January 2023 for a four-day symposium at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study Conference Centre. According to the Western Cape Minister... ...read more
7 June 2021
Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer welcomes the announcement that the European Commission has approved the registration of the designation ‘Rooibos’/’Red Bush’ in its Register of Protected Designations of Origin and Protected Geographical Indications. According to a statement releas... ...read more
1 June 2021
Tomorrow, 1 June 2021, we join the world in celebrating World Milk Day. We do this by saluting our dairy industry for providing milk to our people, growing our food basket and contributing to South Africa’s economy. The Milk Producer’s Organisation’s March 2021 Dairy Market Trends indicates that dai... ...read more
31 May 2021
On Thursday, 27 May 2021, the Western Cape Minister for Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, officially opened the Holsloot Weir near Rawsonville and handed it over to the Holsloot Water User Association to operate.  Speaking at the official opening and handover of the R78 million project, Minister Meyer con... ...read more
21 May 2021
Following my recent meeting with the Citrus Growers Association (CGA), I wish to register my concern about the current state of service delivery at the Port of Cape Town and its potential negative impact on the export of agricultural products. With the Western Cape being responsible for 50% of South... ...read more
19 May 2021
To date, the Western Cape has four poultry farms detected as infected with the avian influenza virus. The infected farms are situated near Worcester, Malmesbury and Hopefield. Two farms have been confirmed to have H5 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), though laboratory confirmation is still p... ...read more
18 May 2021
Following the financial support of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA), a small-scale garlic project in Murraysburg is playing a role in creating much-needed jobs in the Central Karoo town of Murraysburg. Murraysburg Garlic (Pty) Ltd was the brainchild of the grandfather of brothers C... ...read more
11 May 2021
One thousand one hundred and fifteen farmers located in critical and extremely critical drought-stricken areas eligible for drought relief received fodder support in April 2021, to the value of R12.2 million. According to the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Ivan Meyer,  based on the latest bi-... ...read more