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News and Speeches for Department of Agriculture

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

Gerrit van Rensburg made a significant contribution to the growth of agriculture

12 January 2021

With much sadness I received the news that former Minister of Agriculture in the Western Cape, Gerrit van Rensburg has passed away. Gerrit van Rensburg served the people of the Western Cape and its farming community with distinction from 2009 to... Read More

Minister Meyer extends condolences on passing of Agri-Worker, Doreen Frieslaar

6 January 2021

With great sadness, I have learnt of the tragic passing of Doreen Frieslaar, an agri-worker employed at Meerlust Farms (Pty) Ltd, in an accident between De Doorns and Worcester, late Monday afternoon. Following the same accident, a further 23 Agri-... Read More

COVID-19 support should help all famers – not only black farmers

23 December 2020

The Western Cape Government rejects racially-based Covid-19 support to farmers and agri-businesses. Read More

Minister Meyer welcomes sunday wine sales

18 December 2020

I welcome yesterday’s announcement by the National Government that it has amended R1346 in line with my request dated 16 December 2020. Read More

Sunday trade of wine essential for wine tourism jobs

17 December 2020

Yesterday, I wrote to the National Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Minister Thoko Didiza, requesting that wine tasting and wine sales at wineries and wine farms be permitted on Sundays. Read More

Western Cape Department of Agriculture appoints 120 agricultural graduate intern

10 December 2020

Yesterday, 9 December 2020, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, welcomed the placement of 120 agricultural graduate interns who will be taking up their two-year internship within the Western Cape Agriculture Sector. Read More

Quarter three GDP results confirm agriculture continues to shine

9 December 2020

I am pleased to note that StatsSA‘s release of South Africa’s third-quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) statistics highlights that the agricultural sector realised real economic growth of 18.5%, which was another excellent performance after the... Read More

Minister Meyer undertakes oversight visit to the Central Karoo

2 December 2020

Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, recently paid an oversight visit to the Central Karoo where he handed over drought vouchers to two farmers, one in Leeu Gamka and the other in Laingsburg. Read More

First Group of Drone Pilots receive their Wings

26 November 2020

Yesterday, 25 November 2020, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, officiated at the Wings Ceremony of recently qualified drone pilots attached to the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA). Read More

GIS is an innovative, effective management tool

19 November 2020

Yesterday, 18 June 2020, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture(WCDoA) joined the rest of the world by acknowledging the innovative applications of geographic information system (GIS) technology in analysis, visualisation, gaining insights into... Read More

WCDoA supports wine tourism employees with R12 million funding

16 November 2020

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) will be providing crucial relief to employees in the South African wine tourism sector, in the form of a R12 million support fund. Read More

Minister Meyer visits the Perdekraal East Wind Farm

13 November 2020

Earlier this week, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer visited the Perdekraal East Wind Farm, 80 kilometres north-east of Ceres in the Western Cape.  He was accompanied by the Executive Director of Agri Western Cape, Jannie Strydom,... Read More

WCDOA hosts WOW Day to showcase innovative solutions for Agriculture

10 November 2020

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) hosted a WOW Day at the Percheron Hall at Elsenburg today and was aimed at highlighting the latest innovations and technologies the department has developed for the agricultural sector of the... Read More

Western Cape Market Access Programme supports AgriBusinesses

5 November 2020

Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, recently visited Marice Mercuur, winner of the Ministerial Special Award for Youth at the 2019 Western Cape Female Entrepreneur Awards Competition. Read More

R10.5 billion SAA bail out impacts directly on Food Security and Land Reform

2 November 2020

The decision by the National Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni to make further cuts to the Western Cape Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme Grant (CASP) by R1.04 million and the Ilima/Letsema Projects Grant by R492 000 is worrisome. Read More

​​​Western Cape Veterinary Service provide free support to smallholder livestock

29 October 2020

On Tuesday, 27 October 2020, veterinary technicians attached to the Western Cape Department of Agriculture's (WCDoA) Veterinary Service presented workshops to smallholder livestock farmers in Klapmuts, Paarl. Read More

The PERO and MERO highlights Agriculture's competitive advantage

23 October 2020

I am pleased to note that the recently tabled Provincial Economic Review and Outlook (PERO) and Municipal Economic Review and Outlook (MERO) highlights the Agricultural Sector’s competitive advantage. Read More

Food Security promotes dignity and wellness

20 October 2020

On World Food Day 2020, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, visited several vegetable garden projects in Rietpoort, in the Matzikama Municipality, West Coast District. During the visit, Minister Meyer highlighted the... Read More

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