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The Farmer Support and Development Programme (FSD) encompasses the broad development agenda of the Department of Agriculture, therefore the design and implementation are predominantly for supporting smallholder farmers in the Western Cape but does not exclude the commercial sector.
Applications for the 2016 Academic Year can now be submitted until 30 June 2017.
The soil, water & plant diagnostics laboratory renders diagnostic services to the farming community of the Western Cape.
For more information, please contact Maryna Kruger at (T) 021 808 5296 or e-mail: MarynaK@elsenburg.com.
The Deputy Director: Export Control assisted by 6 State Veterinarians and a technical manager are responsible for managing and controlling the exportation of products of animal origin from the Western Cape Province. They facilitate the certification these products in accordance with international norms and standards. More than 50 % of all products of animal origin that are exported from South Africa originate from the Western Cape Province. There are four European Union approved ostrich export abattoirs within the province. A state veterinarian is assigned to each of these abattoirs to implement and maintain the prescribed official veterinary management system at each abattoir. This includes implementation of the National Residue Monitoring Program.
The Export Control programme is responsible for the auditing of all abattoirs, processing plants and dairy establishments that wish to export products. These facilities are audited once a year to ensure compliance with the registration requirements of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries as well as import requirements.
The Provincial Veterinary Laboratory at Helderfontein, Stellenbosch renders an extensive diagnostic service to the livestock, poultry, ostrich and aquaculture industries and a supporting service to other provincial and national Departments.
A wide spectrum of tests is conducted in the bacteriology, virology, parasitology and biochemistry sections of the laboratory. The laboratory has implemented a computerized laboratory information system (LIMS) that will greatly enhance the capturing and availability of data on all the functions performed. A satellite veterinary laboratory at Beaufort West also renders an extensive diagnostic service within the Karoo region.
The Provincial laboratory is in the process of obtaining ISO 17025 accreditation. This will facilitate international recognition and the maintenance of a high standard of service delivery.
The plant laboratory renders a plant disease diagnostic service to the public of the Western Cape. We specialize in the fields of vegetable-, small grain-, lupin- and canola diseases.