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News and Speeches for Department of Agriculture

African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak in pigs in George

19 February 2024

Last week, 7 February, a new outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) was confirmed in pigs of small farmers on the outskirts of Groeneweide Park, George. This is the fourth outbreak of this disease in the Garden Route area since 2022. Read More

Western Cape Agriculture will benefit from SACAA certification

9 February 2024

The South African Civil Aviation Authority's recent Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operating Systems Certification (UASOC) to the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) positions the Department as a leader in leveraging unmanned aerial vehicles... Read More

Agriculture Sector urged to follow guidelines to minimise impact of heat/fires

6 February 2024

Following the continued incidences of extreme heat and numerous veld fires across the Western Cape, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, has urged the agriculture sector to take the necessary measures to protect lives, livestock... Read More

The senseless attacks on our producers and agri workers must be condemned

20 December 2023

Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, has condemned the killing of a farmer, Mr Willem van der Westhuizen, and the assault on his wife, Christine, in an attack on their farm outside VanRyhynsdorp. Read More

Minister Meyer meets with the Fruit Industry regarding the Port of Cape Town

9 December 2023

On 6 December 2023, Western Cape Agricultural Minister, Ivan Meyer, met with key stakeholders within the agricultural sector regarding the grave and deeply concerning situation at the Port of Cape Town (PoCT). Read More

Another crop of students graduate from Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute

5 December 2023

On Saturday, 2 December 2023, one hundred and eighty-seven (187) students graduated with qualifications ranging from Certificates and Diplomas in Agriculture to Baccalaureus in Agriculture from the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute (EATI) in... Read More

Western Cape scores 83% success rate in Land Reform Report

4 December 2023

Earlier today, Ivan Meyer, Western Cape provincial Minister of Agriculture released a research report by an independent research company, Phuhlisani Solutions. Read More

Agreement bolsters Western Cape climate change resilience

7 November 2023

In a ground-breaking development, and as part of the ongoing commitment of the Western Cape Government to bolster and ensure a strong climate-resilient future for the province, the Western Cape Departments of Agriculture and of Environmental Affairs... Read More

The Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards 2023 – Announcement of provincial winners

6 November 2023

On 04 November 2023, Vivian Jakobs from Crispy Farming, Du Toit Group, Witzenberg was announced as the 2023 Western Cape Prestige Agri-Awards winner. Read More

GI registration of Karoo Lamb - promise of financial and reputational benefits

30 October 2023

The Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, has welcomed the decision by the Registrar to include ‘Karoo Lamb / Karoo Lam’ as a Geographical Indication (‘GI’) in the South African register established under the Regulations for the... Read More

Western Cape welcomes the conviction and sentencing of Bonnievale four

27 October 2023

Following the conviction and sentencing of four  suspects for the 2019 brutal murder of farmer Tool Wessels and the attempted murder of his wife on their farm in Bonnievale, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Ivan Meyer said, “This guilty ... Read More

Western Cape celebrates World Food Day - Water is Food, Water is Life

16 October 2023

WESTERN CAPE CELEBRATES WORLD FOOD DAY – WATER IS FOOD, WATER IS LIFE, LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND Read More

H7 HPAI detected in George, Western Cape

13 October 2023

Following the recent detection of the H7 high pathogenicity avian influenza (HPAI) in the Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Free State and Limpopo provinces, Western Cape poultry owners are continuously encouraged to be proactive in the prevention of the spread... Read More

No new cases of Avian Flu in the Western Cape - Producers to remain vigilant

4 October 2023

Following the recent detection of the H7 high pathogenicity avian influenza (HPAI) in the Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Free State and Limpopo provinces, Western Cape poultry owners are encouraged to be proactive in the prevention of the spread of HPAI to... Read More

Western Cape launches innovative ECOS System

2 October 2023

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s Veterinary Services recently launched its innovative Export Certificate Office System (ECOS). The launch coincided with the Western Cape’s inaugural Veterinary Week, which focused on state veterinary... Read More

Rabies: All for 1, One Health for All

28 September 2023

Today, 28 September 2023 is World Rabies Day, a global health observance started in 2007 to raise awareness about the world’s deadliest infectious disease and bring together partners to enhance prevention and control efforts worldwide. Read More

Khayelitsha youth take on the issue of food insecurity

19 September 2023

“Hunger and household food insecurity is real. I am therefore excited that the youth are taking on the issue of food security in our communities, as well as creating economic opportunities for themselves”, said the Western Cape Minister of... Read More

Agriculture's Q2 2023 GDP Performance is great news for the Western Cape

11 September 2023

According to Statistics South Africa’s (StatsSA) recently announced GDP figures South Africa’s economic performance in the second quarter of 2023 increased by 0.6% and was driven by growth in nine of the ten industries. Nationally, agriculture (incl. Read More

WCDoA encourages vigilance in the fight against Avian Influenza

29 August 2023

Western Cape poultry owners are encouraged to please remain vigilant in order to prevent the spread of H7 high pathogenicity avian influenza (HPAI). Read More

BFAP 2023 calls for decisive action to forge a sustainable future

25 August 2023

“We should heed the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) call for decisive action to forge a sustainable future,” said Western Cape provincial Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer. Read More

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