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World Milk Day: 1 June

WORLD MILK DAY 1 JUNE 2024: WESTERN CAPE MILK PRODUCTS TO THE RESCUE

In celebration of World Milk Day 2024, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (DOA) would like to celebrate the dairy industry and acknowledge the critical role of milk as an essential food product and a "food hero". During the Covid-19 pandemic, the DOA partnered with the Milk Producers’ Organisation for Project One, donating milk worth R100 000 from its research dairies at Elsenburg and Outeniqua to those in need. Similarly, following the recent George building disaster, milk products valued at...

Jacky Goliath

SOUTH AFRICAN FLORA BLOOMS AGAIN AT THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW IN LONDON

Following a partnership between Cape Flora SA (CFSA) and the Western Cape Government, CFSA Board Member and Managing Director of De Fynne Nursery near Paarl, Jacky Goliath will be flying the flag for both upcoming and commercial cut flower producers of South Africa at the Chelsea Flower Show which opens in London today, 21 May 2024. This international flower show, hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society, is internationally acclaimed and attracts thousands of international visitors annually. South African fynbos displays have won...

Dr SebopetSA (HOD WCDoA) , Minister Meyer and Dr Michelle Seutloali (Head of PVL)

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCIAL VETERINARY LABORATORY (PVL) RE-OPENS TO SERVE THE CITIZENS WITH ENHANCED CAPACITY

Yesterday, 6 May 2024, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, opened the newly renovated and upgraded Provincial Veterinary Laboratory (PVL) in Stellenbosch. “This is a moment for celebration by the Western Cape veterinary community as it ushers in an enhanced level of services to the agricultural sector by this government”, said Minister Meyer, adding that the PVL, which celebrates its 51st anniversary this year, “is poised to continue its vital role in safeguarding animal health and public welfare.” “This...

Mr Maliviwe Makeleni, Senior Economist, Dr Ilse Trautmann, Deputy Director-General: Agricultural Research and Regulatory Services, Mr Darryl Jacobs, Acting Head of Department, Terri-Lee Kammies, Lead Auditor and Certification Body Manager at QSCERT-SA, Londiwe Thabethe, Head of Marketing and AgriBusiness, Ms Bongiswa Matoti, Programme Manager: Agricultural Economic Services and Mr Zaa-id Rinquest, Food Scientist.

WESTERN CAPE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE’S AGRI-PROCESSING FACILITY ACHIEVES FSSC 22000 ACCREDITATION

Photo: Mr Maliviwe Makeleni, Senior Economist, Dr Ilse Trautmann, Deputy Director-General: Agricultural Research and Regulatory Services, Mr Darryl Jacobs, Acting Head of Department, Terri-Lee Kammies, Lead Auditor and Certification Body Manager at QSCERT-SA, Londiwe Thabethe, Head of Marketing and AgriBusiness, Ms Bongiswa Matoti, Programme Manager: Agricultural Economic Services and Mr Zaa-id Rinquest, Food Scientist. On 25 April 2024, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) celebrated a significant milestone as the Agri-Processing Hub, situated at Elsenburg, attains the prestigious Food Safety...

Backyard Chicken House

Backyard Chicken House

Food security is having reliable access to sufficient, affordable nutritious food, and here at Casidra, we walk the extra mile to achieve this by providing our communities with necessities in order to survive. On 30 April 2024, we received a newly assembled state-of-the-art chicken house with built-in feeders that will each accommodate 8-10 chicken layers to be distributed to our food security beneficiaries across the Western Cape. Households in the Province are provided with the basic requirements to start their chicken layer...

Achmat and Wadea (to the left of Mister) and Tawfeeq Brinkhuis

WESTERN CAPE SUPPORTS THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

Over the past five years, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) has supported 170 smallholder and commercial farmers. One of these is Chamomile Farming Enterprise, owned by Wadea and Achmat Brinkhuis. The farm was started in 2003 with 100 egg layers and has seen significant growth with the farm currently producing 30 000 eggs per day from 35 000 egg layers. The farm's eggs are distributed via Nu-laid who are responsible for the grading, sorting and distribution to the retail...

Minister Meyer and the group of agri workers infront of the WC Legislature building

WESTERN CAPE TABLES A R1 BILLION BUDGET FOR AGRICULTURE

Today the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, tabled the Department’s budget of R1.018 billion in the provincial parliament. Minister Meyer said, “Despite compounding challenges such as intensified delays and inefficiencies at the ports, increased geopolitical uncertainty, and load-shedding, the agriculture and agri-processing exports increased from R63 billion in 2018 to R104 billion in 2023 which is an annual average growth of 11%.” Minister Meyer announced the following key budgetary allocations: R196.2 million to promote the sustainable use and management of...

OUR FARMERS AND FARM WORKERS DESERVE TO BE SAFE

OUR FARMERS AND FARM WORKERS DESERVE TO BE SAFE

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has done much over the past four years to protect and create a safer agricultural environment and farming communities. This important work of the Department will continue using the R1.018 billion budget for the 2024/25 financial year. Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer said, “Over the last four years, we have been working together across government, the industry and with communities to create safer environments for all. With our partners, the following safety...

Garden Route District Municipality once again empowers Small and Medium Enterprises with Equipment and Support

Garden Route District Municipality once again empowers Small and Medium Enterprises with Equipment and Support

The Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM) Council has again supported Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) with a significant allocation of R600,000 in the 2023/2024 budget. This funding is geared towards interventions and needs of SMEs within the region. During a formal handover ceremony held yesterday, 25 SMEs meeting the specified criteria were provided with equipment they need to grow their businesses. The selection process for beneficiaries began with widespread outreach efforts, including advertisements in local newspapers and rural areas within the Garden...

Minister Meyer Henriette Badenhorst and Mogale Sebopetsa

THIRD ITERATION OF THE FLYOVER PROJECT SHOWS INCREASE IN HIGH-VALUE CROPS IN THE WESTERN CAPE

On Friday, 15 March 2024, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer received the final report of the third iteration of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s (WCDoA) Flyover Project. The “Flyover” is one of the unique flagship projects of the WCDoA that is used to provide up-to-date statistical data on agricultural production (including smaller/alternative crops), and track the infrastructure footprint and changes in the agricultural land use. The first survey or mapping exercise (supplemented by interviews with farmers) was...