31 October 2017
Western Cape Government to brief media on census findings and response  The findings of a province-wide census of the social and economic status of agricultural employees will be released this week. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will discuss the findings at a media briefing on Thur... ...read more
 
30 October 2017
The African Horse Sickness vaccination season ends tomorrow. Tomorrow (31 October 2017), the AHS vaccination season within the AHS controlled area in the Western Cape comes to an end. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, explained that the vaccination season is legislated by the National... ...read more
 
27 October 2017
In the current drought conditions, a R4 million maintenance programme to bolster the Clanwilliam Dam canal system to stem unnecessary losses has resulted in a more sustainable water supply to the agriculture sector. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, visited Clanwilliam and Vredendal ye... ...read more
 
16 October 2017
The updated and translated Dairy Farming Handbook was launched by the Programme: Research and Technology Development Services (RTDS), Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) on the 12 October 2017 at the Sandringham Agri-Expo Livestock event.   Based on the original “Melkbeeshandleiding” comp... ...read more
 
13 October 2017
The number of confirmed cases of avian influenza in the Western Cape has risen to 50. Since the regional outbreak was first confirmed in the province in August, 2.5 million chickens and ducks have been culled. This includes: 2.4million layer birds 73 000 breeder birds 32 600 ducks. The Western Cape... ...read more
 
2 October 2017
Today (2 October 2017), Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, and the Western Cape Government team driving the avian influenza recovery plan, briefed the media on the regional outbreak of avian influenza in the province. Highlights include: 36 cases confirmed 70 ostrich farms under quarant... ...read more
 
29 September 2017
On Monday, (2 October 2017), the Western Cape Government will provide an update on avian influenza and the province’s response plan to the outbreak. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, will host a media briefing on the status of the outbreak. He will be joined by the Western Cape Governm... ...read more
 
21 September 2017
There are 26 confirmed cases of avian influenza in the Western Cape. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (21 September 2017), released the latest on the status of the disease in the province. “There are currently 26 confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), strai... ...read more
 
7 September 2017
Today(7 September 2017), Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities and the state vet team briefed media on the current regional outbreak of avian influenza in the province. Highlights include: 17 cases confirmed 46 ostrich farms under quarantine In excess of 200 000 chickens have died or been... ...read more
 
30 August 2017
Two Western Cape female entrepreneurs have earned national recognition at the prestigious National Female Entrepreneur in Agriculture awards. The winners were announced during a gala evening held in Mpumalanga on Sunday evening (27 August 2017). Provincial winners from all nine provinces competed. B... ...read more
 
30 August 2017
Statement by Alan Winde, Minster of Economic Opportunities We welcome the R40 million in drought relief for agriculture allocated by the National Government. The funds will be used for animal feed for livestock. For the past five months, the Western Cape Government has been spending R11 million each... ...read more
 
30 August 2017
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in a commercial layer poultry farm in the province. On Tuesday (22 August 2017), the Department’s Veterinary Services programme confirmed the disease had spread to a farm in the Paardebe... ...read more
 
15 August 2017
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has confirmed the presence of Highly Pathogenic Avian influenza (HPAI), type H5N8, in two ostrich farms in the Heidelberg area. Avian influenza is a controlled disease in terms of the Animal Diseases Act, 35 of 1984. Vets from the Western Cape Department of... ...read more
 
4 August 2017
Food inflation is set to decrease this year as improved weather conditions in some parts of the country and a stronger rand are projected, according to the latest analysis from the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, this morning (4 August 2017) d... ...read more
 
25 July 2017
Young computer programmers are helping to develop answers to the water crisis, and create systems for families to better manage household tasks. As part of his month-long programme focused on highlighting the region’s up and coming innovators, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities yesterday... ...read more
 
29 June 2017
To mitigate the impact of the drought on jobs in agriculture, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture has allocated R73 million to farmers in the past year. Today (29 June 2017), the Western Cape Provincial Parliament debated the disaster declaration as a result of the current drought in the prov... ...read more
 
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
 

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