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News and Speeches for Department of Agriculture

Western Cape Commemorates Creativity and Innovation Day

20 April 2023

On 21 April, the United Nations commemorates Creativity and Innovation Day. Read More

A functional veterinary services is crucial to the agricultural sector

19 April 2023

"A functional professional veterinary service is critical to the agricultural sector as our veterinarians play an essential role in protecting animals and the public against zoonotic diseases and diseases of economic importance", said Western Cape... Read More

Western Cape signs Memorandum Of Understanding with Potatoes SA

13 April 2023

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) and Potatoes SA recently signed a 3-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Potatoes are the most common staple food consumed by most people in South Africa to prepare various meals. Read More

Western Cape unveils Cannabis Implementation Plan for Agriculture

30 March 2023

Yesterday, 29 March 2023, the Western Cape Western Cape Minister of Agriculture unveiled the Western Cape Department of Agriculture's Western Cape Cannabis Framework and Implementation Plan (CanPlan). Read More

WCDoA Budget 2023 - A Budget to Inspire Hope through Growth and Jobs

28 March 2023

Today I tabled the Western Cape Agriculture Budget 2023 in the Provincial Parliament. I announced a total budget of R960.165 million. The Budget 2023 is guided by the Western Cape Government's three strategic objectives: Read More

Support for small-scale farmers must translate into greater market access

17 March 2023

Yesterday, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Dr Ivan Meyer handed a support package to the Barrydale Small-Scale Farmers Association in Barrydale. Read More

South Africa bleeding Veterinarians

28 February 2023

According to a recent South African Veterinary Association report, over 50% of South Africa's young veterinarians want to leave. Economic and safety concerns have been advanced as one reason for their decision to emigrate. Read More

Emerging farmers and agri worker inspire hope

21 February 2023

Four fruit farmers, Andreas Klaase, Belinda Williams, Debrah Theunissen, Liza Ambraal and the Western Cape Prestige Agri-Award winner, Nigel Klaasen, have just returned from a market access capacity building tour to the Netherlands and attending... Read More

The wine sector must not be sujected to an increase in excise duties

14 February 2023

On Friday, I wrote to the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, requesting her assistance in ensuring that an unfair increase in excise duties does not negatively impact the wine industry. Read More

Western Cape hosts International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops

13 February 2023

The 10th International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops w Read More

A safe, prosperous festive season to all living and working in rural communities

9 December 2022

As we approach the end of the year and move into the festive season, the safety of producers, agri-workers and rural communities remains a priority for the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. Read More

Elsenburg Agricultural Institute Students Graduate

5 December 2022

"Today, you become members of that illustrious group of students who can call themselves alumni of the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute", said the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer,  during the recent graduation ceremony... Read More

Western Cape Provincial Laboratory to undergo R23 million Renovation

30 November 2022

“Once the renovations are completed, the Western Cape Provincial Veterinary Laboratory will provide an enhanced service to our clients,” said Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Ivan Meyer during the recent handover of the building site to the... Read More

Developing regional industrial value chains can create opportunities

21 November 2022

"Developing regional industrial value chains can create employment and entrepreneurial opportunities," says Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Dr Ivan Meyer.  Read More

Western Cape is committed to the maintreaming of GIS technology

16 November 2022

"The WCDoA's CapeFarmMapper application has become synonymous with evidence-based and spatially informed decision-making in the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, " said the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, as the world... Read More

Nigel Klaasen from Elgin wins Western Cape Prestige Agri-Worker of the Year

7 November 2022

Nigel Klaasen, a junior production manager on the farm Fruitways Glen Elgin in Elgin, was announced as the 2022 Western Cape Prestige Agri-Awards winner at the annual gala dinner held on Saturday, 5 November 2022, at the Grandwest Complex in... Read More

Western Cape Vets vaccinate 18 000 dogs during Rabies Awareness Campaign

26 October 2022

State veterinarians and animal technicians attached to the Western Cape Department of Agriculture vaccinated almost 18 000 dogs last month as part of the annual rabies campaign. Read More

Food gardens give households affordable access to food, dignity and wellbeing

14 October 2022

On Sunday, 16 October 2022, the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organisation and the rest of the world commemorate World Food Day. According to the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, World Food Day is about placing the focus... Read More

Western Cape Government recognises International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

14 October 2022

The Western Cape like provinces and regional governments across the world needs to build resilience and disaster preparedness in the face of our current reality of climate change, global instability, rapid urbanisation, and the South African catastro Read More

Western Cape to commemorate World Food Day - 7 October 2022

6 October 2022

Tomorrow, 7 October 2022, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, Executive Mayor of Overberg District Municipality, Sakkie Franke, and Executive Mayor Francois du Rand of Swellendam Municipality will commemorate the Western Cape... Read More