21 June 2018
Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde has officially opened the 2018 Prestige Agri Awards. This year marks the seventh year that the Department of Agriculture has partnered with supermarket giant Shoprite to sponsor the awards. The competition aims to celebrate excellence among those workin... ...read more
17 April 2018
An independent study commissioned by the Department of Agriculture into the importance of the Philippi Horticultural Area (PHA) has confirmed that the area is a significant employment generator and agricultural asset to both the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape, especially in light of the curr... ...read more
17 April 2018
The South African Cheese Festival, presented for the 17th time this year from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 April 2018, annually affords a number of small cheese makers the opportunity to receive significant exposure for their businesses and products. “The Cheese Festival has been bringing cheese producers... ...read more
13 February 2018
Statistics South Africa jobs data for the last quarter of 2017, released today, shows that the Western Cape created the most jobs last quarter of any province, at 92 000 jobs created. We also recorded the highest year-on-year increase in the number of jobs created, with 106 000 jobs added. The provi... ...read more
12 February 2018
Once a very small crop in the Western Cape, cherries have more than quadrupled their export market share over the last four years, and continue to show excellent potential as an alternative crop. The Western Cape Government has to date invested R6.916 million in the development of alternative crops... ...read more
8 February 2018
Statement by Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell. Western Cape allocates further R82.5 million for drought The Western Cape cabinet has approved the allocation of an additional amount of R82.5 million to the Provincial Department of Local Gover... ...read more
31 January 2018
Western Cape farmers and bird owners should continue to exercise caution around the bird flu virus by maintaining strict biosecurity measures. No new outbreaks of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu strain have been detected since last October on previously uninfected chicken farms. The strain has,... ...read more
9 January 2018
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, today (9 January 2018) announced that no new cases of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) have been confirmed at previously uninfected poultry farms in the province since 31 October 2017. In December, there was a reoccurrence at a previously infec... ...read more
8 November 2017
There have been no new confirmed avian influenza infections. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, has announced that there have been no new reported infections in the Western Cape this past week, signalling a possible positive turning point for the indsutry. There are currently 63 confirm... ...read more
2 November 2017
The Western Cape Government today (2 November 2017) announced the findings of its province-wide household census of residents working on farms, which it undertook as a key study to inform future policy. The three-year Agri Worker Household Census is the most comprehensive database of agricultural wo... ...read more
2 November 2017
There are 63 confirmed cases of avian influenza in the Western Cape. We have had no new infections at commercial farms since 18 October. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the confirmed cases included 12 layer farms. To date, 2.8 million commercial poultry birds have died or been c... ...read more
1 November 2017
The Western Cape is set to honour the men and women who are working hard to grow the province’s agriculture sector. Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, announced that the Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards would be celebrated on Saturday, 4 November at Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl. The... ...read more
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