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Partnerships and collaboration are key to enhancing rural safety

5 June 2023

On Friday, 2 June 2023, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, and the Western Cape Min Read More

Avian Influenza situation in the Western Cape

1 June 2023

Avian Influenza (HPAI)  has been detected on a layer farm near George. The affected birds are being culled and eggs are disposed of. Read More

Western Cape celebrates World Milk Day 2023

1 June 2023


South Africa's animal vaccines shortage impedes growth and jobs creation

11 May 2023

“Farmers cannot afford any further setbacks after having survived a drought that decimated many herds. Farmers are still trying to recover and rebuild their herds. Read More

Western Cape launches the 2023 Western Cape Prestige Agri Worker Competition

9 May 2023

Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, has launched the 2023 Western Cape Prestige Agri-Worker Competition in Hermanus in the Overberg District. The regional leg of the competition, which will be held across 16 regions within the... Read More

Public and agriculture sector to be vigilant after detection of avian influenza

2 May 2023

The Western Cape Veterinary Services has warned poultry farmers that avian influenza has been detected in two commercial layer farms in the Paardeberg area (in the Drakenstein and Swartland Local Municipalities). Approximately 120 000 birds have... Read More

Focus on quality at the 19th Annual Ostrich Auction supports growth and jobs

25 April 2023

Two ostriches owned by  PJ Terblanche & Sons were sold for record prices at the Western Cape Department of Agriculture's (WCDoA) 19th annual ostrich auction on 20 April 2023. The male and female pair was sold for R26 000 and R41 000,... Read More

Rugby exchange is rooted in Agriculture and Food Security

24 April 2023

On Friday, 21 April, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture,  Dr Ivan Meyer, hosted a breakfast at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute (EATI)  in honour of a visiting group of French rugby players from the French agricultural college, the... Read More

Western Cape Commemorates Creativity and Innovation Day

20 April 2023

On 21 April, the United Nations commemorates Creativity and Innovation Day. Read More

A functional veterinary services is crucial to the agricultural sector

19 April 2023

"A functional professional veterinary service is critical to the agricultural sector as our veterinarians play an essential role in protecting animals and the public against zoonotic diseases and diseases of economic importance", said Western Cape... Read More

Western Cape signs Memorandum Of Understanding with Potatoes SA

13 April 2023

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) and Potatoes SA recently signed a 3-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Potatoes are the most common staple food consumed by most people in South Africa to prepare various meals. Read More

Western Cape unveils Cannabis Implementation Plan for Agriculture

30 March 2023

Yesterday, 29 March 2023, the Western Cape Western Cape Minister of Agriculture unveiled the Western Cape Department of Agriculture's Western Cape Cannabis Framework and Implementation Plan (CanPlan). Read More

WCDoA Budget 2023 - A Budget to Inspire Hope through Growth and Jobs

28 March 2023

Today I tabled the Western Cape Agriculture Budget 2023 in the Provincial Parliament. I announced a total budget of R960.165 million. The Budget 2023 is guided by the Western Cape Government's three strategic objectives: Read More

Support for small-scale farmers must translate into greater market access

17 March 2023

Yesterday, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Dr Ivan Meyer handed a support package to the Barrydale Small-Scale Farmers Association in Barrydale. Read More

South Africa bleeding Veterinarians

28 February 2023

According to a recent South African Veterinary Association report, over 50% of South Africa's young veterinarians want to leave. Economic and safety concerns have been advanced as one reason for their decision to emigrate. Read More

Emerging farmers and agri worker inspire hope

21 February 2023

Four fruit farmers, Andreas Klaase, Belinda Williams, Debrah Theunissen, Liza Ambraal and the Western Cape Prestige Agri-Award winner, Nigel Klaasen, have just returned from a market access capacity building tour to the Netherlands and attending... Read More

The wine sector must not be sujected to an increase in excise duties

14 February 2023

On Friday, I wrote to the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, requesting her assistance in ensuring that an unfair increase in excise duties does not negatively impact the wine industry. Read More

Western Cape hosts International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops

13 February 2023

The 10th International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops w Read More

A safe, prosperous festive season to all living and working in rural communities

9 December 2022

As we approach the end of the year and move into the festive season, the safety of producers, agri-workers and rural communities remains a priority for the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. Read More

Elsenburg Agricultural Institute Students Graduate

5 December 2022

"Today, you become members of that illustrious group of students who can call themselves alumni of the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute", said the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer,  during the recent graduation ceremony... Read More