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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 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

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