On Friday, 20th March 2015, Mr Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities of the Western Cape Provincial Government attended the launch of the Chamomile Enterprise Project, an egg farming operation headed by Wadea Japie and her family, husband Achmat Brinkhuis and their two sons.

The project had been supported with funding through the CASP-grant model and on-going support in terms of extension-and advisory services by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. Today, marks a significant milestone since the inception of the project, given the strategic commercial partnership which had been concluded with the Windmeul Eggs Group of Paarl as the market facilitator, thus ensuring market access for the produce (eggs), to suppliers such as the Pick 'n Pay retail group. The aim was to establish a sustainable egg laying arm for the family in partnership with a company that has 37 years' experience in the production and marketing of eggs. Chamomile, meaning strength in adversity was the name given to this farm by the Brinkhuis Family when they first laid eyes on the piece of land in Philippi. After a lot of planning and hard work, they finally have a beautiful operation and supplies eggs daily to the Windmeul Eggs Group, suppliers to Pick n Pay Retailers nationally.

The Chamomile Poultry Project was commissioned in February 2014 and consists of 2 laying houses with a capacity of 10,000 birds. Both houses are controlled environment poultry houses, with the newest technology available on the market. Production is kept in a coldroom and delivered to Windmeul Eggs' Packstation where it is graded and packed for the Pick n Pay Supermarkets. While pointing to the Western Cape Governments slogan, ''Better Together,'' Minister Alan Winde stated that: 'Projects like this can only work if real partnerships are formed between emerging and experienced farmers. These relationships must be built on trust and mutual respect ."

"Despite the fact that we still have many challenges facing us in achieving our goals, it is already clear that this project is well on its way to becoming a highly successful and profitable production unit," says Mr Pier Passerini, Managing Director, Windmeul Group.

Mr Pier Passerini says Chamomile has been performing exceptionally well since its establishment and credits the Brinkhuis Family for the sterling job they have done over the last 12 months. ''Projects like this can only be successful if there is a transfer of knowledge on an ongoing basis.

At the official opening, the Brinkhuis family thanked the Western Cape Department of Agriculture for their on-going support and commitment to this project.


fltr:  Pier Passerini: Managing Director - Windmeul Group, Douglas Chitepo: Director: Overberg/Cape Metropole (FSD), Darryl Jacobs:  Act Deputy Director General - Farmer Support and Development (FSD), Minister Alan Winde: Minister of Economic Opportunities, Wadea and Achmat Brinkhuis from Camomile Farming Enterprises.