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News and Speeches for Department of Agriculture

African Horse Sickness controlled area established in the Cederberg

16 April 2021

Following the discovery of five suspected cases of African Horse Sickness (AHS) on a farm within the Cederberg Local Municipal area the Western Cape Provincial Veterinary Laboratory confirms that samples from a recent death tested positive for the... Read More

Avian Flu detected in Gauteng - Western Cape on ALERT

15 April 2021

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has noted the reports that there has been an outbreak of Avian Flu in Gauteng. There are no such cases reported in the Western Cape. Read More

Table Grape Industry set for record year

13 April 2021

The Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, welcomes the news that the South African Table Grape Industry reached a total intake for the 2020/2021 season of 73 million cartons. This is significantly more than the 66.15 million cartons... Read More

e-Booklets to fast track climate change resilience in agriculture

30 March 2021

Yesterday, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, launched the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s (WCDoA’s) e-booklets on climate change entitled “The Mercury Rises”. Read More

Alien Clearing Projects create 1000 jobs per annum

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... Read More

Meyer welcomes the report on the investigation into Colenso Farm by Department

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 Read More

UPDATE: African Swine Fever (ASF)

23 March 2021

MEDIA RELEASE: WCDOA AFRICAN SWINE FEVER (ASF) UPDATE Date: 23 March 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Read More

Ostrich auction bolsters industry with superior genetic material

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. Read More

Agri-worker transport to receive serious attention

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. Read More

GDP 4th quarter results demonstrate agriculture's resilience

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... Read More

Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute welcomes First Year Students

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. Read More

African Swine fever disease outbreak in pigs in Mfuleni

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.  Read More

Minister Meyer welcomes investigation into Colenso Farm by Department

24 February 2021

MINISTER MEYER WELCOMES INVESTIGATION INTO COLENSO FARM BY DEPARTMENT, REQUESTS PUBLIC PROTECTOR TO INVESTIGATE AGAIN Read More

Minister Ivan Meyer welcomes the conviction of Hillcrest farm attackers

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. Read More

Meyer calls on National Government to stop the state capture of Colenso Farm

18 February 2021

My recent visit to the farmer, Ivan Cloete, highlights the National Government’s mismanagement of land reform in South Africa. Read More

Strategic partnership between SATI and WCDoA to increase exports to China

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. Read More

South African citrus delivers record-breaking export season

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. Read More

Minister Meyer welcomes the easing of restrictions on wine sales

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 Read More

Lifting the ban on wine sales will support wine sector and job loss recovery

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. Read More

Western Cape mourns the passing of Professor Mohammad Karaan

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. Read More

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