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
6 May 2021
Yesterday, Premier of the Western Cape Alan Winde joined the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, at the Wings Ceremony of 18 newly qualified drone pilots. The officials recently completed the South African Civil Aviation Authority examination to obtain a Remote Pilot License (RPL). ... ...read more
6 May 2021
Following earlier announcements of outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian influenza in Gauteng and North West, a broiler breeder farm in the Worcester area has tested positive for avian influenza. Avian influenza is a controlled disease in terms of the Animal Diseases Act, 35 of 1984. Avian influe... ...read more
5 May 2021
Yesterday, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, opened the Worcester field reserve Restoration and Green indigenous tree nursery at the Worcester Veld Reserve in Worcester. Speaking at the opening Minister Meyer said that climate change was a ministerial priority and that the nur... ...read more
4 May 2021
MINISTER MEYER VISITS SUCCESSFUL LOCAL LAND REFORM PROJECTS Yesterday, 3 May 2021, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer and the Executive Meyer of Stellenbosch, Adv Gesie van Deventer, visited two successful land reform projects in Stellenbosch. Smallholder farmers Christene Jeptha an... ...read more
23 April 2021
Yesterday, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, visited the Trinity Youth Garden based at Trinity Place in Elsies River. Inspired by the Climate Justice Movement and a desire to make a difference in their community, brothers Geronimo and Valentino de Klerk began the garden in a d... ...read more
20 April 2021
The Western Cape Food, Beverages and Tobacco Sector has exhibited impressive growth and job creation over the ten years between 2009 and 2019, proving once again that agri-processing is a strategic priority for the Western Cape. Over this period, the sector more than doubled its Gross Value Added (G... ...read more
16 April 2021
Following the discovery of five suspected cases of African Horse Sickness (AHS) on a farm within the Cederberg Local Municipal area, the Western Cape Provincial Veterinary Laboratory confirms that samples from a recent death tested positive for the AHS virus's presence.  A preliminary outbreak-contr... ...read more
15 April 2021
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has noted the reports that there has been an outbreak of Avian Flu in Gauteng. There are no such cases reported in the Western Cape. Avian influenza is a viral respiratory disease of birds believed to be transmitted by wild migratory birds. In Southern Afri... ...read more
13 April 2021
The Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, welcomes the news that the South African Table Grape Industry reached a total intake for the 2020/2021 season of 73 million cartons. This is significantly more than the 66.15 million cartons recorded last year. Meyer: "This is great news for t... ...read more
30 March 2021
Yesterday, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, launched the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s (WCDoA’s) e-booklets on climate change entitled “The Mercury Rises”. Based on the popular award-winning radio series “Die Kwik Styg", the e-booklets are available in the three of... ...read more