6 December 2021
On Friday, 3 December 2021,  the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, visited the Klein Goederust Franschhoek Boutique Winery owned by Paul Siguqa. Located in Franschhoek, Klein Goederust has been transformed from its dilapidated state to a promising boutique wine farm. Meyer handed... ...read more
2 December 2021
During a webinar on Wednesday, 1 December 2021,  hosted by the South African Chamber of Commerce UK Cape Chapter, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture confirmed that trade between the Western Cape and the UK is still positive. Minister Meyer said: "The Western Cape Province is a net exporter of... ...read more
30 November 2021
Yesterday, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Dr Ivan Meyer welcomed delegates to the 2nd Drone Users Conference: Agriculture and Conservation at Elsenburg. Hosted by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA), the United Nations Development Programme-GEF5 Sustainable Land Management Proje... ...read more
26 November 2021
On Tuesday, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Dr Ivan Meyer hosted a Rural Safety Summit at Goudini in Rawsonville. The event was attended by  Agri Western Cape, African Farmer’s Association of South Africa (AFASA), the Prestige Agri-Workers Forum, the South African Police Service (SAPS), represe... ...read more
15 November 2021
Audrey September from the farm Uitkyk in the Bergrivier region was announced as the 2021 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards winner at the annual competition held on Saturday,13 November 2021, in Stellenbosch. September won prizes to the value of approximately R100 000, including an overseas study tou... ...read more
27 October 2021
Western Cape Department of Agriculture's (WCDoA's) Veterinary Services will be hosting two days of free rabies vaccinations in the Strand. This follows the confirmation of the 4th case of rabies in that area. According to Senior State Veterinarian, Dr Lesley van Helden a stray dog was found on Stran... ...read more
26 October 2021
According to his latest report on jobs and exports in the Western Cape, the Western Department of Agriculture’s agricultural economist, Tshepo Morokong, notes that the Western Cape exported R78.68 billion worth of combined agricultural and agri-processing products in 2020. This is good news, says We... ...read more
15 October 2021
Tomorrow, 16 October 2021, the Western Cape will join the rest of the world in commemorating World Food Day. In the lead up to World Food Day 2021, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) recently hosted an event in the Witzenberg municipality. The occasion provided the Department and its... ...read more
13 October 2021
In response to the Western Cape Government's undertaking to create safer communities, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) has established a Rural Safety Desk and a Rural Safety Monitoring Dashboard. Commenting on the establishment of the desk Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr I... ...read more
5 October 2021
     I welcome the news that the Supreme Court of Appeal(SCA) yesterday handed down judgement in favour of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture regarding the Auditor-General's appeal against the Western Cape High Court ruling in favour of the Department. The SCA judgement confirms the earlier... ...read more
29 September 2021
On Tuesday, I visited the Felbridge Cannabis Farm outside Stellenbosch. My visit highlighted that the Cannabis sector has enormous potential in developing SMMEs, attracting domestic and foreign investment, and adding value in the processing and manufacturing of various products for local and export... ...read more
28 September 2021
Today the Western Cape Department of Agriculture joins the rest of the world in observing World Rabies Day 2021. We do so by confirming that Rabies is preventable There is a treatment for rabies. But it must be given correctly and immediately after exposure to a rabid animal and Rabies can be transm... ...read more
22 September 2021
On Tuesday, 22 September  2021, the Western Cape Minister for Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, officially handed over the Meerlustkloof and Meul Project near Genadendal in the Overberg Region to the  Zonderend Water User Association.  Speaking at the handover of the R 50 million projects, Minister Meyer... ...read more
21 September 2021
Yesterday, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, donated indigenous trees to various organizations during the Western Department of Agriculture's (WCDoA's) annual Nursery Day held at the Veld Reserve in Worcester. Beneficiaries included the West Coast region of the Women's Agricul... ...read more
14 September 2021
Yesterday, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, accompanied by the Executive Mayor of the Cape Winelands District Municipality, Dr Helena von Schlicht, addressed local farmers in Tulbagh. During the address, Minister Meyer highlighted the importance of agriculture in the Witzenbe... ...read more
7 September 2021
Yesterday, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, joined the Department of Agriculture’s (WCDoA) Veterinary Services officials during their rabies vaccination campaign in Klapmuts, outside Paarl. The campaign forms part of the Department’s initiative to bring free clinical services... ...read more
31 August 2021
Following the last week’s announcement that two rabies cases have been confirmed in Khayelitsha, no further cases have been detected. Persons and animals in contact with the original two cases have been traced, and appropriate follow-up actions are taken, including vaccinations and medical treatment... ...read more
24 August 2021
Yesterday, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services confirmed that they had received laboratory results confirming rabies in two dogs in Khayelitsha in the City of Cape Town. Investigations are currently underway to determine the source of the outbreak. According to the Western... ...read more
23 August 2021
I welcome the news that the 2021 harvest season is finished with excellent crops realised.  This augurs well for the 2021 export season. The 2021 export season YTD Week 31 figures show 24.66 million cartons of apples have been exported thus far.  Of these, 29% have been exported to the Far East,  22... ...read more
18 August 2021
Road infrastructure investment such as with the Ashton Arch Bridge in Ashton will boost the growing agricultural sector in the Cape Winelands, improving the condition under which the horticultural products are transported and the connectivity between Agri-tourism areas in the region. This will help... ...read more