News and Speeches for Department of Agriculture

World-class quality drives high growth for Western Cape exports

19 March 2015

Western Cape fruit and wine exports are on the rise as the government drives increased market access for the province’s high-quality produce. Read More

Western Cape wine estates win prestigious global awards

11 March 2015

Western Cape establishments have scooped top honours at a global wine tourism awards competition. Drinks International, a leading wines and beers journal, this month announced the winners of its annual Wine Tourism Awards. Read More

Applications open for the Burgundy Exchange Programme

10 March 2015

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture offers previously disadvantaged individuals from the wine, cellar and cheese making industries the exiting opportunity to gain experience in Burgundy, France by applying for the Burgundy Exchange Programme. Read More

Western Cape Government establishes Land Reform Advisory Desk

2 March 2015

The Western Cape Government has established a Land Reform Advisory Desk to aid the speed of transformation in the province’s agricultural sector. Read More

Invitation to participate in the Programme for Young Professional Persons (YPP)

23 February 2015

The Young Professional Person's Programme is a Western Cape Department of Agriculture's mentoring affirmative action programme for previously disadvantaged youth (18-35 years) accepted by a recognised higher education institution to complete their... Read More

Western Cape Government assists water stressed Kannaland

19 February 2015

In a bid to address water shortages in the Eden district, the Western Cape Government will fund R2.1 million for a set of interventions aimed at increasing the region’s water supply. Read More

Media Alert: Minister Winde to visit Stellenbosch winery

17 February 2015

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will celebrate the world-first innovation hailing from the forward-thinking Western Cape winery using Rooibos and Honeybush to produce preservative-free wine, beer and cider. Read More

Food garden competition to award Southern Cape residents

4 February 2015

Southern Cape residents who are taking the lead in food security will be awarded at the Food Garden Competition, hosted by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. Read More

Western Cape Government intervenes to avert water crisis in Clanwilliam

28 January 2015

In a bid to halt the losses of millions of rands in agricultural produce, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture has channelled close to R1 million emergency funding into Clanwilliam after a canal was damaged Read More

Apply for Farm Worker Funding

11 November 2014

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture hereby invites relevant registered, non-profit organisations (NPOs) that deliver services to farm workers and their family members in the Western Cape to submit business plans (project proposals) that... Read More

Top Western Cape Farm Worker of the Year for 2014 crowned

10 November 2014

Jerome Thomas, a general manager at Kanonkop Wine Estate, Stellenbosch walked away with the coveted Farm Worker of the Year 2014 title on Friday night at a prestige event held in Stellenbosch.  “This has been a dream of mine for the past six years... Read More

Elsenburg Brandy Excels at the 2014 Veritas Awards

10 October 2014

The Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute put in a stellar performance at the 24th annual Veritas Awards, presented by the South African National Wine Show Association. Read More

Minister Winde Challenges Western Cape Agriculture Sector

23 September 2014

Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, yesterday challenged the provincial agriculture sector to organise on a district level and devise plans to speed up land reform. Read More

Minister Alan Winde Visits Local Food Gardens

4 September 2014

Food security in Khayelitsha received a boost today with Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, equipping local food gardens with the essentials they need to increase production. Read More

Minister Winde to Plant a Tree for Arbour Week

4 September 2014

In celebration of Arbour Week, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will take part in the annual tree-planting ceremony hosted by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture.Minister Winde will plant a tree at the Langgewens Research Farm. Read More

Minister Winde to Provide Khayelitsha Residents with Food Garden Starter Kit

4 September 2014

In a boost for food security, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will provide Khayelitsha residents with the tools they need to grow communal food gardens. Read More

Media Alert: Minister Alan Winde Announces Western Cape Land Reform Summit

28 August 2014

Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, today announced that the Western Cape Department of Agriculture is set to host a Land Reform Summit. Read More

Western Cape Finalist Named SA's Top Female Entrepreneur in Agri-processing

25 August 2014

Western Cape entrepreneur, Ilse Ruthford, takes national award for South Africa’s Best Female Entrepreneur in Agriculture. Read More

Western Cape Agriculture Launches R3 Million Research Fund

19 August 2014

In a South African first, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture has launched a R3 million dedicated research fund to boost exports and bolster land reform around the province’s alternative crops. Read More