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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...


Minister Meyer and Mariette Moos

AKKEDISBERG WORKER’S TRUST AN EXAMPLE OF AGRI-WORKER EMPOWERMENT.

During his recent visit to the Akkedisberg Workers Trust, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer expressed his pride in the work of the award-winning wine business. Ten years ago, 20 beneficiaries - all agri-workers - successfully negotiated a 30-year lease agreement of 20ha with the Dryer family (owner of the land) and established the Akkedisberg Boedery Pty (Ltd). They immediately set about establishing 16 ha of different wine cultivars on 20 ha. Today, ten years later they are the...


THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR URGED TO FOLLOW GUIDELINES TO MINIMISE THE IMPACT OF HEAT AND FIRES

Following the continued incidences of extreme heat and numerous veld fires across the Western Cape, the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, has urged the agricultural sector to take the necessary measures to protect lives, livestock, crops and agricultural infrastructure. “My first concern is for agri-workers, producers and farmers who are daily exposed to harsh climatic conditions. Climate change is having a dramatic impact on our weather patterns and in extreme conditions poses a threat to the lives of...


Casidra collaborates with Stellenbosch University on areas of mutual interest

Casidra and Stellenbosch University’s Water Institute (SUWI) have reached a joined intent to collaborate on areas of mutual interest. The two parties will work together and bring about a spirit of healthy, professional and collegial co-operation to facilitate the successful implementation of agricultural capacity building initiatives, which include, but are not limited to smallholder emerging farmers, marginalised communities (people with disabilities, women and youth). SUWI is located within the Faculty of Natural Sciences and facilitates multi- and trans-disciplinary research as well...


WESTERN CAPE SCORES 83% SUCCESS RATE IN LAND REFORM REPORT

Photo: HOD and Minister Meyer Earlier today, Ivan Meyer, Western Cape provincial Minister of Agriculture released a research report by an independent research company, Phuhlisani Solutions. The report found that 83% of the land reform farmers who received post-settlement support (PSS) from the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) consider themselves to be successful agri-businesses. This stands in sharp contrast to the national government's 90% failure rate. “We are proud of the outcome of the latest round of evaluation of agricultural businesses and projects...


AGREEMENT WITH SU SCHOOL FOR CLIMATE STUDIES BOLSTERS WESTERN CAPE CLIMATE CHANGE RESILIENCE

Back – L-R: Anton Bredell (Western Cape Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning); Prof Sibusiso Moyo (Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies): Minister Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture Front – L-R) Gerhard Gerber (Head of Department, Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning); Prof Louise Warnich, (Dean, Science) Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, Head of Department, Department of Agriculture) In a ground-breaking development, and as part of the ongoing commitment of the Western Cape Government to bolster and ensure...


THE WESTERN CAPE PRESTIGE AGRI AWARDS 2023 – ANNOUNCEMENT OF PROVINCIAL WINNERS

PHOTO:  Pieter van Zyl (General Manager Procurement: Shoprite Freshmark); Dr Mogale Sebopetsa (Western Cape Head of Agriculture); Vivian Jakobs (Winner Prestige Agri-Worker 2023); Dr Ivan Meyer (Western Cape Minister of Agriculture) On 04 November 2023, Vivian Jakobs from Crispy Farming, Du Toit Group, Witzenberg was announced as the 2023 Western Cape Prestige Agri-Awards winner. The Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s annual Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards (WCPAA) Gala ceremony was held on Saturday, 4 November 2023, at the Protea Hotel Marriot Techno...