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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...

NO NEW CASES OF AVIAN FLU IN THE WESTERN CAPE – PRODUCERS URGED TO REMAIN VIGILANT

Following the recent detection of the H7 high pathogenicity avian influenza (HPAI) in the Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Free State and Limpopo provinces, Western Cape poultry owners are encouraged to be proactive in the prevention of the spread of HPAI to the Western Cape. At the same time, Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, warns that the H5N1 HPAI virus that caused seven outbreaks in the Western Cape from April to June 2023, is still a threat from wild birds. Minister Meyer:...

WORLD RABIES DAY – ALL FOR 1, ONE HEALTH FOR ALL

Main Photo: Minister Meyer and Dr Msiza Today, 28 September 2023 is World Rabies Day, a global health observance started in 2007 to raise awareness about the world's deadliest infectious disease and bring together partners to enhance prevention and control efforts worldwide. According to the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, Rabies Day aims to raise awareness and advocate for the elimination of rabies globally. It is an event designed to be inclusive, uniting people, organizations, and stakeholders across all sectors against rabies...

KHAYELITSHA YOUTH TAKE ON THE ISSUE OF FOOD INSECURITY

“Hunger and household food insecurity is real. I am therefore excited that the youth are taking on the issue of food security in our communities, as well as creating economic opportunities for themselves”, said the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer. The minister was speaking during his recent visit to the Feed the Khaltsha Community Garden based at the premises of Sibongile Day and Night Care Centre in Khayelitsha. According to Minister Meyer, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture,...

The Baviaans River Flood Project

Protecting our River Systems

With the impact of climate change already being felt in the Western Cape, it is going to be critical for Casidra to participate in future river work projects in the Province. In order to combat these losses and to preserve the future of our water systems, Casidra continues to be involved in a couple of large projects to protect river catchment areas by removing alien vegetation and replacing it with indigenous material; building weirs and groynes; and...