CASP Funding available

Applications for CASP?Funding open - click on the image below for more information

Latest AgriProbe is now available

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Apply for the Social Relief of Distress grant

If you're currently unemployed, don't receive any income, social grant or UIF, you can apply for the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant by email, Whatsapp or USSD.

Here's how.

World Environment Day - 5 June 2020

All provinces to move to LEVEL 3 on 1 June 2020

The National Ministry of Health has officially confirmed that the entire country will love to Lockdown Level 3 on 1 June 2020.

Dr Mkhize said that there will be a constant assessment of each and every area and its rate of infection.

Alert Level 3 Summary

Read the Ministry of Health's official statement here.

COVID-19 Update - 28 May 2020 - Department of Planning, Monitor

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma: Coronavirus Covid-19 Level 3 Lockdown Regulations



Analytical Laboratory will open from 1 June 2020

Please note that the?Analytical Laboratory will be open from 1 June 2020.?

African Swine Fever

There has been an outbreak of African swine fever in the Amathole District in the Eastern Cape, but the disease has not yet been detected in the Western Cape.

These posters provide an easy guide on how to protect your pigs and recognise the signs. Please notify your state veterinarian or animal health technician if you suspect the disease.

See the attached map to locate the state veterinarian in your area.? MAP


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View our Provincial Covid-19 Dashboard

Our dashboard is updated daily so you can keep up to date with the latest provincial Covid-19 figures.

Click on the image below to go to the Provincial Dashboard.

What is the "New Normal"?

What is the "New Normal"??

From the desk of the President - 18 May 2020

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Ongoing learning at the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute

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Following the suspension of formal classes on 18 March 2020 and the closure of hostels on 20 March 2020 at the Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute (EATI), management has engaged students and parents to clarify the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on the 2020 academic year.

Management and academic staff have implemented alternative interventions to ensure the continuation of the educational programme for its Higher Education and Training and Agricultural Skills Development streams.

A particular focus is placed on the final year candidates registered for the Bachelor of Agriculture (B Agric) offered in conjunction with the University of Stellenbosch (SU), the new three-year Diploma programme and the Learnership with its focus on Work-Integrated-Learning.

The B Agric students and lecturers have access to the support provided by the University of Stellenbosch’s SUNLearn, a Student Management System where all training material can be accessed, and feedback to lecturers can take place.

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture is developing a similar Moodle platform to SUNLearn for the other programmes offered by EATI.

Lecturers and staff are also involved in ongoing planning, design and facilitation of on-line distance learning and teaching through email, WhatsApp and conference calls.

EATI provides data to students who have limited means to obtain data. The courier of learning material augments this to about ninety students with little or no access to the network nor hardware such as computers or appropriate smart cellular phones.

The year planner was adjusted to accommodate the lack of contact teaching and practical engagements. At the same time, an alternative framework for assessments that maintains the integrity and quality of the course has been implemented, with a particular emphasis on ensuring that the current final year candidates can complete the year successfully.

The success of all our initiatives requires multiple efforts that include the student, parents, guardians and other family members who have been passing on information to students who have no other means of communicating with their lecturers.

I am thankful to the management and academic staff for their efforts and encourage our students to continue to work hard at their studies during the lockdown.

While our shared goal is completing the academic year successfully, doing so safely is non-negotiable. I, therefore, encourage everyone to adhere to the golden rules - wash hands with soap, practise social distancing, sanitise, wear cloth masks and stay indoors.

Media Enquiries

Daniel Johnson

Spokesperson for Minister Meyer

Tel: 079?990 4231



Agricultural Female Entrepreneur Awards 2020

To all women in the agricultural sectors in the Western Cape, it is time for the?2020 Agricultural Female Entrepreneur Awards.

If you are interested, visit our website, by clicking HERE, to download the criteria and nomination forms OR contact the District Manager/Co-ordinator in your region.




Call for applications: COVID-19 Agricultural disaster support fund for Farmers

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development hereby calls for applications from smallholder farmers/producers who are currently in production and preparing for winter crops.

The main objective of this support is to complete the current production cycle in an effort to ensure adequate food production and supplies. The targeted beneficiaries are smallholder and communal producers with a turnover between R20?000 and R1 million per annum. 50% women, 40% youth and 6% people with disability will be targeted.? The Funding is a grant and the voucher system will apply in partnership with distributors and manufactures of these inputs and the grant shall not exceed R50?000 per farming operation.

Please contact one of our district managers/co-ordinators for more information.?

For more information click on the below links:

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Important Contact Information

Kindly note that due to the national lockdown only minimum and critical services will be available to our clients.

For Stakeholder Relations, contact Deputy Director-General,

Mr Darryl Jacobs via Email: or Cell: 083 641 5178

For Veterinary Services, contact

Dr Gin Msiza via Email: or Cell: 084 604 6705

For Farmer Support and Development, contact

Mr Jerry Aries via Email: or Cell: 082 801 3865

For any other enquiries, please Email: and will then direct you to the relevant person.


We thank you for your support and understanding and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. ?

Please stay home and #StopTheSpread.

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