minister ivan meyer

June rainralls hold promise of good winter crops

The news that the Western Cape has generally received more rain than expected in June has been generally well-received by the Western Cape agricultural industry. It is important to note, however, that, for the rest of the season, the frequency of rain (i.e. regular rain without dry spells) is more important than the total volume …

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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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Western Cape Ostrich Industry gives Diplomats a taste of Ostrich

Yesterday, 14 March 2022, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Dr Ivan Meyer and the South African Ostrich Business Chamber (SAOBC)  hosted an event to introduce members of our diplomatic corps to the array of ostrich meat products produced in the Western Cape. Minister Meyer highlighted that introducing foreign diplomats to uniquely Western Cape products was …

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The Impact of Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine on Western Cape Agricultural Trade

On Monday, 7 March 2022,  I met with Agri Western Cape, Vinpro, WOSA, the Fresh Producers Exporters Forum, GrainSA, the South African Table Grapes Industry, Citrus Growers Association, and the Wool Growers Association.    I did so because I am concerned about the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the Western Cape’s agricultural trade. …

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