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SA's Minister of Water, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane, praised the Western Cape agricultural sector for complying with water measures in the ongoing drought. She visited farms in the province with Agri Western Cape's CEO, Mr Carl Opperman, on Saturday 27 January.
Rain in the drought stricken Central Karoo region of the Western Cape makes everyone happy! Thankful for recent rain in Beaufort West and surrounds.
The Agricultural Writers SA has named Western Cape producers Mr Charles Back and Mr Warren Bam as the national Farmer of the Year and national Best New Entrant Into Commercial Farming respectively. Congratulations to Charles and Diane and Warren and Connie! Photo: Helenus Kruger
30 October 2017 saw residents of South Africa protesting against farm attacks and murders that are spiraling out of control.
Agri Western Cape President Cornie Swart has been elected as the new Chairperson of Agri SA's General Chamber.
The ongoing drought in the Western Cape, regarded as the province’s worst in over a century, is not sparing anything as game in the Karoo is losing the battle against the severe water shortages in this drought disaster area.
Congratulations to Mr Hugo de Waal for being elected as new Vice-President of Agri Western Cape, and Mr Cornie Swart who was re-elected as President during the 2017 annual congress.
Agri Western Cape is still assisting producers in the province's drought stricken areas as the province remains in the grip of the worst drought in decades.
Well done to livestock and grain farmer Johann Nel from the Overberg for winning the Agri Western Cape Santam Agriculture Young Farmer of the Year 2017 Award!
A big thank you to Western Cape's disaster management teams who not only fight for human safety, but take care of our wildlife too! #Riversdal fires #Eden Disaster Management.
Producers in the southern Cape also suffered huge damages when fires swept through the area, burning houses to the ground and killing livestock.
Agri Western Cape's CEO, Mr Carl Opperman, addressing the media while a fire still rages on Paarl olive farm in January.
Devastating fires in the Western Cape have caused damages to hundreds of hectares of vineyards, orchards and agricultural infrastructure, putting the #agri sector still suffering from the drought under more pressure.
Well done to Overberg producer André Cloete for winning the Toyota SA New Harvest 2016 award! The Western Cape is truly blessed to have producers of his caliber in our agri sector!
So proud of the Western Cape's Young Farmer of the Year, Jacques Beukes, who walked away with the Agri SA Toyota SA National Young Farmer of the Year 2016 award!
Western Cape agriculture is lucky to have water and sustainability expert Mr André Roux from the provincial Department of Agriculture in the sector. He is the Agriculturist of the Year for 2016, an award well deserved.
Well done to Ms Phirdy Motala, a bee farmer near Tulbagh, for being named Western Cape's New Entrant to Commercial Farming for 2016. Holding thumbs for the national competition in Novemberf!
Congratulations to Mr Josias le Roux, grain and sheep producer from the Western Cape's Overberg region, for walking away with the title of the Western Cape Farmer of the Year for 2016! We are proud of you!
Agri Western Cape President Mr Cornie Swart has been re-elected as vice-chairperson of Agri SA's general chamber during Agri SA's 2016 congress in Gauteng.
Agri Western Cape presented its strategic crime prevention plan to the Western Cape's Department of Community Safety, and was praised for coming to the table with potential solutions to the escalating crime in our rural areas.
Thanks to generous donations by Western Cape producers, Agri Western Cape can also support producers in other provinces with critically needed animal feed. Two loads were delivered to the drought stricken area of Loeriesfontein in the Northern Cape province this week.
Livestock producers in Kliprand on the West Coast suffered another dry season and are in dire need of feed. Producers from Hermon in the Cape Winelands generously donated feed that Agri Western Cape distributed to producers in the Kliprand area.
Livestock producers still need feed critically. Thanks to donations by producers in Caledon in the Overberg who had feed to spare, Agri Western Cape could deliver a load to the drought stricken Beaufort West in the Klein Karoo.
Charmaine Scholtz (with AWC CEO Mr Carl Opperman) was named the Fruit Industry's Specialist Farm Worker of the Year 2016. Agri Western Cape is the proud sponsor of this category and believes in honoring those who contribute to #GrowingGreatness in our agri sector.
A sure sign that summer is fast approaching, is the beautiful fruit blossoms that decorate the Western Cape this time of year. These peaches-to-be will soon be available on both local and international markets.
The Philippi Horticultural Area on the Cape Flats provides the majority of Cape Town's fresh vegetables. These dedicated producers are Growing Greatness all year round.
Did you know that a quarter of the wool in South Africa and 100% of the lucrative mohair business comes from the Karoo? Another fine export product from our outstanding producers, being enjoyed by Riley van Wyk from Beaufort West.
Well done to Ms Minnie Green, winner of the 2016 Felco Farm Worker Pruning Competition held by the Franschhoek Agriculture Association recently. This highly skilled lady adds so much value to the region's wine industry. #Proud!
Well done capt Pieter Pienaar and team, and thank you for keeping our farms safe! #Worcester #BestCluster #RuralSafety #AgriWesternCapeAwards. Left: AWC President Cornie Swart, right: Mr Johan Bothma, AWC General Manager.
Mr Koot Claassen and Mr Cornie Swart were re-elected as the Vice-President and President of Agri Western Cape respectively during the 2016 Annual Congress.
This is what -3 degrees look like on a Ceres vegetable farm!
It's lemon packing time in beautiful Franschhoek and tons of this super citrus are on its way to overseas markets. Agri Western Cape visited the packhouse to see what goes into the process of preparing fruit for the export market.
Congratulations to Jacques Beukes, table grape producer from De Doorns in the Hex River Valley for winning the title of Western Cape Young Farmer of the Year for 2016!
Agri Western Cape rewarded Mr Neil Hamman for 9 years of dedicated service to agriculture. He received the honorary award from AWC's President, Mr Cornie Swart and Vice President, Koot Claassen.
Agri Western Cape President Mr Cornie Swart and Vice-president Mr Koot Claassen recently helped to distribute 20 000 litres of water, donated by Pick'nPay, to residents of Goedverwacht near Piketberg in the Western Cape.
Cape Foods' Executive Director, Mr Gerhard Martin, handed a cheque to Agri Western Cape towards the Agri Western Cape Drought Relief Fund. We value their support of agriculture.
500 bales of donated barley will bring much needed relief to livestock farmers in the drought stricken area of Graafwater. Thank you to the Swellendam producer who donated the feed, and Velox Logistix for the transport.
Hoër Landbouskool Oakdale was goed verteenwoordig tydens Agri Wes-Kaap se streekkongres op Riversdal met 'n hele klomp oud-leerders wat deesdae hulle merk in die landbousektor maak.
Voerskenkings deur Wes-Kaapse landbouers is onder veeprodusente in die Hopefield-omgewing versprei waar slegs sowat 132 mm reën die afgelope produksiejaar geval het. Dankie aan elke produsent wat voer geskenk het.
Kevin van Wyk, Beaufort West producer and member of Agri Western Cape's Young Farmer and Communication Policy committees, was elected as Agri Western Cape's new regional representative for the Beaufort West area.
Danksy kontantskenkings deur lede van die publiek, kon Agri Wes-Kaap tonne voer aankoop wat aan produsente in die droogtegeteisterde Weskusdistrik geskenk is.
Areas in red have already been declared disaster areas after SA was hit by one of the most severe droughts in years. Should the Western Cape not get sufficient rainfall soon, they too may end up in the red.
We were deeply touched by residents of a retirement home in Paarl who collected R11 000 among them to contribute to Agri Western Cape's drought relief fund. We are thankful for the gesture of goodwill.
Agri Wes-Kaap se uitvoerende hoof, mnr Carl Opperman, in gesprek met Danie Hefers van Fokus op SABC2 oor die hulp aan produsente wat instroom. Uitsending: 14 Feb, 18:30.
Dié voer is deur 'n produsent in die Villiersdorp-omgewing geskenk. Round Table Saldanha het die koste gedra om die voer na ons produsente in Kliprand te vervoer. #Dankbaar.
Thank you to SAB's super team: John Uys, Rowan Dunne, Zuki Gaqavu and Des Jacobs, for a fleet of six trucks that transported donated animal feed to our producers in the Kliprand area.
Michiel Smuts van die plaas Grasrug by Malmesbury het sowat 2 ton voer aan Agri Wes-Kaap se Droogtehulpfonds geskenk wat deur SAB na produsente in die droogtegeteisterde Kliprand-omgewing vervoer is. Ons het groot waardering daarvoor.
Nog 'n vrag veevoer uit die Wes-Kaap het verlede week verligting aan veeboere in die Vrystaat gebring. Dankie aan Danie Koch en Tiekie Bester van Moorreesburg vir die skenking, en vir Sean Myburg van DPMM Hauliers vir die vervoer.
Western Cape's cherries are ripe and ready for the picking. An estimated 100 tons of juicy and sweet cherries will be picked for the local market this season on Hoogland Farm in Ceres, the farm of Mr Piet Karsten, SA's Farmer of the Year for 2015.
Veiligheid op plase is 'n groot prioriteit waarin plaaswagte 'n uiters belangrike rol speel. Kapt Pieter Pienaar, sektorbevelvoerder en Frans Pietersen, organiseerder van die Overhex Plaaswag, doen uitstekende werk om saam met produsente, plaaswerkers en ander rolspelers toe te sien dat hulle omgewing beveilig word.
Koringprodusente in die Kaapse Metropool het begin stroop na een van die droogste winters sedert 1947. Die voorsitter van Agri Wes-Kaap se Algemene Sakekamer, Villiers Loubser, sê die gebied het in September heeltemal te min reen gekry vir die koring om normaal ryp te word en gaan vanjaar se oes kleiner as verlede jaar sin wees.
Jongboer van die Jaar: Carl van der Merwe, ’n appels- en pereprodusent van Ceres in die Koue Bokkeveld, is aangewys as die Wes-Kaap se Jongboer van die Jaar 2015.
Young Farmer of the Year: Carl van der Merwe, Western Cape Young Farmer of the Year, will be competing at national level in the Agri SA Toyota Young Farmer 2015 Competition. The winner will be announced in October.
Streekkongresse 2015: Die Hoër Landbouskool Oakdale se junior landbouverenigingbestuur het die Agri Wes-Kaap se streekkongres op George bygewoon. #Dietoekomsvanlandbou.
Oorkondes: Tydens Agri Wes-Kaap se 2015-streekkongresse het die president, mnr Cornie Swart, oorkondes aan vyf lede oorhandig vir hul toegewyde diens aan die georganiseerde landbou. Hier ontvang mnr Johan Montgomery sy eretoekenning.
Awards: During Agri Western Cape’s 2015 Regional Congresses, five members received honours for their dedicated service to organised agriculture. Here, Mr. Johan Esterhuyse receives his award from Agri WC President, Mr. Cornie Swart.
Oorkondes: Die president van Agri Wes-Kaap, mnr Cornie Swart, het tydens die 2015-streekkongresse oorkondes aan vyf lede oorhandig vir hul toegewyde diens aan die georganiseerde landbou. Hier ontvang mnr Willie Liebenberg sy eretoekenning.
Awards: During Agri Western Cape’s 2015 Regional Congresses, ﬁve members received honours for their dedicated service to organised agriculture. Here, Mr. Hennie du Plessis receives his award from Agri WC President, Mr. Cornie Swart.
Oorkondes: Die president van Agri Wes-Kaap, mnr Cornie Swart, het tydens die 2015-streekkongresse oorkondes aan vyf lede oorhandig vir hul toegewyde diens aan die georganiseerde landbou. Hier ontvang mnr Willem Grobbelaar sy eretoekenning.