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News and Speeches for Department of Agriculture

Western Cape observes World Youth Skills Day

15 July 2021

Today, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture joins the United Nations in observing World Youth Skills Day. We do so by highlighting the training opportunities on offer and acknowledging the resilience and creativity of youth through the... Read More

Call for amendments to Level Four Regulations for online sales and deliveries

14 July 2021

Given the current pandemic, we have to consider innovative ways to protect lives and livelihoods within the wine sector. Read More

WCDoA develops Smart Decision-Making tool for the Ostrich Industry

9 July 2021

Earlier today, Dr Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, launched the Ostrich Slaughter Planner, a smart technology tool developed by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture in response to the industry's need to streamline... Read More

WCDoA and key partners to host 9th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture

1 July 2021

Following the recent announcement that the Western Cape Department of Agriculture will be hosting the International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops in 2023 in Stellenbosch, another major international congress, The World Congress on ... Read More

Minister Meyer welcomes amendments to section 29 of Alert Level 4 Regulations

30 June 2021

I welcome the news that following my letter to the national Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, Section 29 of the Alert Level-4 Covid-19 Lockdown Restrictions dated June 2021 have now been amended. Read More

Implement amendments to level four regulations to allow transportation of wine

29 June 2021

Earlier today, I wrote to the National Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, to request her assistance to address specific challenges of the Level-4 Covid-19 Lockdown Restrictions and, particularly, regarding its... Read More

Protecting and restoring our natural ecosystems will boost our economy

17 June 2021

Today, the Western Cape joins the United Nations member states to celebrate Desertification and Drought Day. Read More

Ministers Didiza and Meyer commission Ebenhaeser irrigation scheme

15 June 2021

On Saturday 12 June 2021, the National Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza and Western Cape Minister for Agriculture, Ivan Meyer, officially commissioned the Ebenhaeser Irrigation Scheme, West Coast District. Read More

Rural Safety Desk and Rural Safety Monitoring Dashboard tracks rural crime

15 June 2021

  Yesterday, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, visited Raymond and Betty O’Grady, the elderly owners of the Hillcrest Berry Farm in Stellenbosch. They survived a vicious farm attack in the early hours of 21 August 2020. Read More

The GDP results show that Agriculture in the Western Cape remains resilient

10 June 2021

South Africa’s economy increased by an annualised and adjusted quarterly growth rate of 4.6% in the first quarter of 2021, according to StatsSA’s latest report. This same report further indicated that the agricultural sector’s performance declined... Read More

WCDoA to host 10th International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops

8 June 2021

An expert group of approximately 120 international and South African irrigation and horticultural scientists will be warmly welcomed to Stellenbosch on 29 January 2023 for a four-day symposium at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study... Read More

Minister Meyer welcomes EU designation of "Rooibos/Redbush"

7 June 2021

Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer welcomes the announcement that the European Commission has approved the registration of the designation ‘Rooibos’/’Red Bush’ in its Register of Protected Designations of Origin and Protected... Read More

Western Cape Celebrates World Milk Day

1 June 2021

Tomorrow, 1 June 2021, we join the world in celebrating World Milk Day. We do this by saluting our dairy industry for providing milk to our people, growing our food basket and contributing to South Africa’s economy. Read More

Minister Ivan Meyer officially opens R78 million Holsloot Weir in Rawsonville

31 May 2021

On Thursday, 27 May 2021, the Western Cape Minister for Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, officially opened the Holsloot Weir near Rawsonville and handed it over to the Holsloot Water User Association to operate.  Read More

Continuing inefficiencies at port of Cape Town a risk for agricultural exports

21 May 2021

Following my recent meeting with the Citrus Growers Association (CGA), I wish to register my concern about the current state of service delivery at the Port of Cape Town and its potential negative impact on the export of agricultural products. Read More

UPDATE: Avian Flu in the Western Cape

19 May 2021

To date, the Western Cape has four poultry farms detected as infected with the avian influenza virus. The infected farms are situated near Worcester, Malmesbury and Hopefield. Read More

Garlic project creates jobs in Murraysburg

18 May 2021

Following the financial support of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA), a small-scale garlic project in Murraysburg is playing a role in creating much-needed jobs in the Central Karoo town of Murraysburg. Read More

Farmers in drought stricken area receive fodder support

11 May 2021

One thousand one hundred and fifteen farmers located in critical and extremely critical drought-stricken areas eligible for drought relief received fodder support in April 2021, to the value of R12.2 million. Read More

Premier Alan Winde and Minister Ivan Meyer congratulate drone pilots

6 May 2021

Yesterday, Premier of the Western Cape Alan Winde joined the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, at the Wings Ceremony of 18 newly qualified drone pilots. Read More

The identification of Avian Flu in Worcester

6 May 2021

Following earlier announcements of outbreaks of the highly pathogenic avian influenza in Gauteng and North West, a broiler breeder farm in the Worcester area has tested positive for avian influenza. Read More

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