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Increasing Agri-Processing capacity can spur economic growth and create jobs

The United Nations General Assembly has designated 27 June as Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Day (MSMEs). Referred to as Small Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa, the day raises public awareness of the SMMEs’ contribution to sustainable development and the global economy.  SMMEs are the backbone of economies. Against the backdrop of …

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WCDoA announces winners of Food Garden Competition

On Monday, 9 May 2022, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Dr Ivan Meyer announced the Food Garden Competition winners in the Overberg District. Winners are: Youth category: Bradlene Baadtjies-Callacher Household category: Nobekile Duba School Garden category: De Rust Futura High School Winners received trophies, certificates, vouchers and cash prizes. The competition aligns with Minister Meyer’s …

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The forecast of an increase in fruit export is good news for the Western Cape

The Western Cape has received good rainfall since 2018 following a prolonged period of limited precipitation. It is expected that the increased water availability will boost agricultural production. Commenting on the expectation for a good harvest Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Ivan Meyer said: “In light of many disruptions to international trade due to Covid-19, …

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Western Cape commits R5M to combat locust infestation in the Karoo

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has made R5 million immediately available to provide support in personal protective equipment, sprayer pumps and aerial spraying support to teams combatting the outbreak of locust swarms in the Western Cape. Combatting the locust infestation is critical for food security and rural livelihoods. The locust infestation levels, including the …

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