28 June 2017
Honeybee producers are urged not to bring bees or hives into the Southern Cape. This forms part of an effort to protect the region’s status as a disease-free zone. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, explained that the fires which recently swept through the region destroyed close to 300... ...read more
21 June 2017
A comprehensive study to assess the agricultural potential of the Philippi Horticultural Area is set to commence soon. The Western Cape Department of Agriculture, through its implementing agent, Casidra, had called for bidders to put proposals on the table to develop a plan to map, secure and grow a... ...read more
21 June 2017
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is assessing damages to the agriculture sector caused by the recent fires in the Southern Cape. In a move to mitigate the economic impact of the fires on agriculture, R5.5 million has been allocated by the Western Cape Government to the sector, which will b... ...read more
15 June 2017
More than R120 million is being invested into skills development programmes for young people in the Western Cape. Speaking ahead of Youth Day tomorrow (16 June 2017), Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the Western Cape Government had selected skills as a game changer. In this finan... ...read more
12 June 2017
A province-wide campaign to celebrate residents working in the agriculture sector was launched in the Western Cape this month. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, officially launched the 2017 Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards at Elsenburg. The initiative is co-sponsored by the Western Ca... ...read more
25 May 2017
The achievements of women in agriculture will be celebrated at the Female Entrepreneur Awards. Entries for the Awards close on 31 May 2017. With just a week to go until closing date, Agriculture Minister Alan Winde encouraged women of the Western Cape operating in the sector to put their entries for... ...read more
24 May 2017
Stock farmers and irrigation farmers are among the hardest hit by the drought. The Provincial disaster declaration will be used as a further motivation to request drought relief funding from the National Government. In March, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture estimated that R96 million was... ...read more
13 April 2017
As the province works to grow its Halal industry, the Western Cape has established a formal body to consult and share information with interested parties. Alan Winde, Minister of the Economic Opportunities, said the Halal Consultative Forum would ensure that the province’s Muslim community was invol... ...read more
12 April 2017
Just short of R200 million in fire damage has been reported to the Western Cape Department of Agriculture. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said damages of R192.3 million were reported in the Hessequa and George regions. The estimation is drawn from questionnaires distributed to farme... ...read more
30 March 2017
Expanding access to affordable Internet and drought relief have emerged as key priorities for the Western Cape Government in the year ahead.  Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, this morning (29 March 2017), delivered the budget speeches for the Department of Agriculture and the Departme... ...read more
3 March 2017
Thirty-seven percent of South Africa’s water supply is lost in urban infrastructure. This is one of the findings in the GreenCape Water Market Intelligence Report 2017. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, launched the report, in partnership with GreenCape, during First Thursday at the Mi... ...read more
28 February 2017
Interim reports on the impact of the recent fires on the agriculture and tourism sectors indicate significant damage in some parts of the province. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (28 February 2017) revealed an interim assessment on the extent of the damage to the agriculture s... ...read more
27 February 2017
The latest report on the state of water use and management in South Africa will be launched this week. During the next First Thursday (2 March 2017), GreenCape will launch its Water 2017 Market Intelligence Report. The report investigates the cost of water, water use by sector, investment opportunit... ...read more
14 February 2017
Jobs in the Western Cape’s agriculture sector have increased by 17%, according to the latest figures from Statistics South Africa. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said Stats SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey, which was released earlier today (14 February 2017), showed that 250 000 p... ...read more
26 January 2017
The 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, which took place in the city this week, earned record revenue. Hosted at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the average price per yearling was R699 212, up 16.9% from 2016. Klawervlei stud topped the vendor’s list with R47 million worth of horses sold... ...read more
25 January 2017
A temporary steel structure has been erected to stem water losses at a severed section of the canal which transports water from the Clanwilliam Dam to farms. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the Western Cape Department of Agriculture visited the site on Friday (20 January 2017).... ...read more
20 January 2017
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture will today (20 January 2017) conduct a site visit to Clanwilliam after reports of a canal break earlier this week. A panel in one of the canals near the Bulshoek Dam broke and was washed away, due to aging infrastructure. The resulting hole was reducing wat... ...read more
12 December 2016
Residents in the West Coast have been awarded for boosting food security in the province. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (12 December 2016) announced the winners of a competition seeking to honour residents for their food gardens in Pella, Mamre and Atlantis. An initiative of... ...read more
9 December 2016
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is tracking several incidences of a pest affecting tomato crops. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the tomato leaf miner (Tuta Absoluta), a species of moth which attacks tomato crops, had now been detected in the Western Cape, despite att... ...read more
1 December 2016
Drought relief funding for emerging farmers and a boost to government’s apprenticeship progamme were two of the shifts announced in Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde’s mid-year budget speech. Minister Winde yesterday (30 November 2016) tabled the mid-term budget allocations for the Departme... ...read more