29 March 2021
Today I tabled the Western Cape Agriculture Budget 2021 in the Provincial Parliament. I announced a total budget of R909.086 million. This budget facilitates the critical role that the Agricultural Sector plays to drive the economy and create jobs in the Western Cape. We have allocated R122.724m to... ...read more
29 March 2021
26 March 2021
Earlier today, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, visited the Western Cape Department of Agriculture's (WCDoA) alien clearing project at  Zonquasdrift located downstream of the Berg River in the Drakenstein Municipality, Cape Winelands. According to the Minister, protecting, ma... ...read more
24 March 2021
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) recently reported the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF), diagnosed at properties in Mfuleni.  As prescribed by the Animal Diseases Act, Act 35 of 1984; the Provincial Veterinary Services immediately activated a contingency plan and initiated mea... ...read more
23 March 2021
MEYER WELCOMES THE REPORT ON THE INVESTIGATION INTO COLENSO FARM BY DEPARTMENT, REQUESTS DIDIZA TO PROVIDE FULL LIST OF STATE-OWNED FARMS IN THE WESTERN CAPE I welcome the recent report by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) on the investigation into the unlawfu... ...read more
17 March 2021
Earlier today, Dr Ivan Meyer Western Cape Minister Meyer of Agriculture opened the 17th Annual Ostrich Auction at Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s Ostrich Research Farm in Oudtshoorn. The seventy-seven ostriches sold fetched an average price of R4500 each, with the highest price being R7250.... ...read more
16 March 2021
I welcome the news that the Western Cape Provincial Parliament's Standing Committee on Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Planning is giving serious attention to agri-worker transport. This action by the Committee follows my request that the law-making body gives due consideration to recent road... ...read more
11 March 2021
Following the release of the GDP fourth-quarter results by Stats SA, I welcome the news that Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries sector showed an overall economic growth of 1.5% and an annualised growth rate of 6.3% in the fourth quarter following strong growth in the third quarter. The sector was o... ...read more
3 March 2021
The campus of Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute was abuzz this week as, amidst strict Covid-19 protocols, excited first-year students arrived on campus for the first time. In his welcome message to students, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, reminded students that Elsenbur... ...read more
26 February 2021
Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, announced today that African Swine Fever (ASF) was identified on two smallholder farms in Mfuleni, Eerste River  in the Western Cape.  This was confirmed by the postmortem samples submitted to the ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute. This findi... ...read more
24 February 2021
MINISTER MEYER WELCOMES INVESTIGATION INTO COLENSO FARM BY DEPARTMENT, REQUESTS PUBLIC PROTECTOR TO INVESTIGATE AGAIN I welcome the recent announcements that the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) will launch an investigation into the unlawful eviction of Ivan Cloe... ...read more
23 February 2021
I congratulate the South African Police and the National Prosecuting Authority for the successful arrest, conviction, and sentencing of the attackers of Raymond O’Grady and his wife, Betty. The O'Gradys were brutally attacked on the Hillcrest Berry Farm in the Cape Winelands District in August 2020.... ...read more
18 February 2021
             My recent visit to the farmer, Ivan Cloete, highlights the National Government’s mismanagement of land reform in South Africa. Despite productively working the land for more than a year, Ivan Cloete now faces being evicted from a third farm previously allocated to him by the Department... ...read more
10 February 2021
Over the past two weeks, Western Cape table grapes producers have been harvesting table grapes. These are to be marketed under the South African Table Grape Industry’s (SATI's) China Market Development Campaign in March 2021. The campaign is a strategic partnership between the table grape industry a... ...read more
3 February 2021
Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer has applauded the record-breaking export season by the citrus industry, stating that it is good news for the Western Cape economy, enabling thousands of jobs. As confirmed by the CEO of the Citrus Growers Association of Southern Africa, Justin Chad... ...read more
2 February 2021
           I welcome the announcement made by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the easing of restrictions as it offers a much-needed injection of optimism for the recovery of the wine sector and thousands of jobs. As highlighted in my letter dated 25 January 2021 to the National Agriculture Minister, wi... ...read more
26 January 2021
         Yesterday, I wrote to the National Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform, Thoko Didiza, to request her assistance in lifting the third ban on wine and other liquor sales. This follows the request by the Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde, to the Minister of Health,... ...read more
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