September 4, 2023

Nurturing Agriculture and Sustainability

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture provides a wide range of development, research and support services to the agricultural community in the Western Cape.

The department’s administrative headquarters is situated on the historic farm of Elsenburg. The Department accommodates new and commercial farmers at research farms, education and training centres, extension offices, state veterinary offices, and animal health technicians situated throughout the province.

About 45% of South Africa’s agricultural exports move through the province, and the value added in the sector amounts to more than R14 billion per annum.

The agricultural sector not only stimulates economic growth in the province, it also plays a major role in creating sustainable job opportunities.

The department’s service area covers approximately 13 million hectares, of which 2 million hectares are under cultivation, and 320 000 hectares are under irrigation and has a direct or indirect influence on the production of wine, fruit, citrus, grain, fynbos, vegetables, ostriches, small and large stock, as well as milk and dairy products.

The Department offers a comprehensive array of programs and services which include Technology, Research, and Development tailored to animal and crop producers and provides valuable Agricultural advice and guidance to the farming community. Qualifying farmers benefit from essential Agricultural infrastructure, while a spectrum of Agricultural training, higher education, and further education and training opportunities are available.

The focus on Sustainable Resource Management underscores the department’s commitment to environmental stewardship. Analytical services are offered at specialized laboratories for plant pathology, water, and soil, aiding in effective farming practices.

Additionally, the department extends Diagnostic and analytical services through veterinary laboratories, and provides essential Veterinary Services, and is engaged in Rural Development initiatives. These multifaceted services are structured within seven distinct programs, each catering to specific needs and contributing to the holistic advancement of agriculture in the region.

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