14 January 2021
           Today I join the rest of the agriculture sector in mourning the passing of the academic and thought leader on agriculture Professor Mohammad Karaan. His death is a massive loss for the academic and agricultural community in South Africa. As academic and Dean of the Faculty AgriSciences at... ...read more
12 January 2021
            With much sadness, I received the news that former Minister of Agriculture in the Western Cape, Gerrit van Rensburg has passed away. Gerrit van Rensburg served the people of the Western Cape and its farming community with distinction from 2009 to 2014. With his quiet, modest disposition,... ...read more
6 January 2021
With great sadness, I have learnt of the tragic passing of Doreen Frieslaar, an agri-worker employed at Meerlust Farms (Pty) Ltd, in an accident between De Doorns and Worcester, late Monday afternoon. Following the same accident, a further 23 Agri-Workers were hospitalised.  Agri-workers play a crit... ...read more
24 December 2020
                The Western Cape Government rejects racially-based Covid-19 support to farmers and agri-businesses. During Covid-19 it became evidently clear that our farmers and farm workers play a critical role in food security and humanitarian relief efforts. It is also clear that agriculture is... ...read more
18 December 2020
             I welcome yesterday’s announcement by the National Government that it has amended R1346 in line with my request dated 16 December 2020. My request followed the earlier publication of regulation R1346 of 15 December 2020, which limited wine tastings and sale of wine for off-site consumpt... ...read more
17 December 2020
Yesterday, I wrote to the National Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Minister Thoko Didiza, requesting that wine tasting and wine sales at wineries and wine farms be permitted on Sundays. My letter follows the publication of regulation R1346, dated 15 December 2020, which l... ...read more
10 December 2020
Yesterday, 9 December 2020, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, welcomed the placement of 120 agricultural graduate interns who will be taking up their two-year internship within the Western Cape Agriculture Sector. Minister Meyer: “In line with two of my priorities, namely, str... ...read more
9 December 2020
I am pleased to note that StatsSA‘s release of South Africa’s third-quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) statistics highlights that the agricultural sector realised real economic growth of 18.5%, which was another excellent performance after the industry showed positive growth in the first and secon... ...read more
2 December 2020
Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, recently paid an oversight visit to the Central Karoo where he handed over drought vouchers to two farmers, one in Leeu Gamka and the other in Laingsburg. Minister Meyer also visited the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s (WCDoA) Veterinary... ...read more
26 November 2020
      Yesterday, 25 November 2020, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, officiated at the Wings Ceremony of recently qualified drone pilots attached to the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA). The WCDoA assisted the group consisting of students, interns and officials t... ...read more
19 November 2020
Yesterday, 18 June 2020, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture(WCDoA) joined the rest of the world by acknowledging the innovative applications of geographic information system (GIS) technology in analysis, visualisation, gaining insights into geospatial data, and thought leadership in agricult... ...read more
18 November 2020
     Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, accompanied by Executive Mayor Sakkie Franken of the Overberg District Municipality and Mayor Paul Swart of the Cape Agulhas Municipality recently visited grain farming enterprise, Agri Dwala (Pty) Ltd in Napier in the Overberg region. The vi... ...read more
16 November 2020
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) will be providing crucial relief to employees in the South African wine tourism sector, in the form of a R12 million support fund. The Wine Tourism Worker Support Stipend (WTWSS) was officially launched at Elsenburg today. The aim is to safeguard th... ...read more
13 November 2020
Earlier this week, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer visited the Perdekraal East Wind Farm, 80 kilometres north-east of Ceres in the Western Cape.  He was accompanied by the Executive Director of Agri Western Cape, Jannie Strydom, the Vice President of Agri Western Cape, Heinie du... ...read more
10 November 2020
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) hosted a WOW Day at the Percheron Hall at Elsenburg today and was aimed at highlighting the latest innovations and technologies the department has developed for the agricultural sector of the Western Cape.   Fourteen new innovations and technologies... ...read more
5 November 2020
           Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, recently visited Marice Mercuur, winner of the Ministerial Special Award for Youth at the 2019 Western Cape Female Entrepreneur Awards Competition. What started for Mercuur as a quest to find a remedy to treat her daughter's severe ecze... ...read more
2 November 2020
The decision by the National Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni to make further cuts to the Western Cape Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme Grant (CASP) by R1.04 million and the Ilima/Letsema Projects Grant by R492 000 is worrisome. This comes at the same time as R10.5 billion will be made a... ...read more
29 October 2020
     On Tuesday, 27 October 2020, veterinary technicians attached to the Western Cape Department of Agriculture's (WCDoA) Veterinary Service presented workshops to smallholder livestock farmers in Klapmuts, Paarl. According to Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, the Western Cape Dep... ...read more
23 October 2020
I am pleased to note that the recently tabled Provincial Economic Review and Outlook (PERO) and Municipal Economic Review and Outlook (MERO) highlights the Agricultural Sector’s competitive advantage. The PERO and MERO draw insights from data and evidence-based research into the Agricultural Sector... ...read more