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May 25, 2015, 2:37 PM

Water is a critical input for agriculture production. As the Western Cape is a water stressed region, sustainable use of our water resources are essential. This page looks at sustainable water use research and projects in agriculture.

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May 27, 2015, 2:23 PM


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Invasive Plants

Jun 8, 2015, 2:47 PM

Why is it important to know which plants are invasive on your farm and why you must control them?

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Western Cape Agri Stats

Jun 8, 2015, 5:32 PM

Through using this tool you can find statistics on a variety of Western Cape agricultural commodities per local municipalities. You can use the information to compare different municipalities to see which commodity is grown in each one. The information will give you a better understanding of which agricultural products are grown/bred throughout the Western Cape. Categories you will find information on include agritourism, crops, crop classes, infrastructure and livestock. The information was collected in the 2013 agricultural commodity and infrastructure areal survey.

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Seasonal Forecasts

Jan 13, 2016, 11:20 AM

Seasonal Forecasts Monthly

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Soil Health

Jan 13, 2016, 2:14 PM

A growing interest in soil health and conservation agriculture, as well as criticism of unsustainable farming practices, have increased the need for soil testing techniques that provide a more holistic assessment of soil health. There is a movement towards regenerative agriculture in order to increase resilience and long term sustainability of farming practices. Farmers are fertilizing more efficiently, decreasing their dependency on chemical fertilisers and increasing biological diversity in their soils.  A list of companies and their service offerings can be found in our Agri Directory page.

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Apr 8, 2016, 3:15 PM

Small Grain Production Guidelines

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SmartAgri plan

May 17, 2016, 11:57 AM

The SmartAgri Plan builds on the Western Cape Climate Change Response Strategy (WCCCRS 2014) and its Implementation Framework, specifically the focus area of “Food Security”. It also aligns closely with the current five-year Provincial Strategic Plan and its “Vision-inspired Priorities” (specifically VIP2: Economy and Jobs), and the Provincial Minister of Agriculture’s priorities (specifically Climate Change: Innovation, Technology and Partnerships). The WCG: Agriculture Strategic Outcome “Increased agricultural production in a sustainable manner” depends on the enhancement of climate change resilience of the sector. Owing to its position as a highly vulnerable sector, the agricultural sector is the first sector in the province to benefit from a sectoral climate change response framework and plan.

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Controlled Environment Agriculture

Jun 29, 2016, 11:07 AM

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is the production of plants and animals in a protected environment where optimal growing conditions are maintained throughout the life cycle of the plant or animal. 
Controlled environment agriculture is largely driven by resource scarcity and changing climatic conditions putting increased stress on conventional farming practices. Controlled environment agriculture involves increase control over various variables which optimises the plant growing conditions, resulting in higher plant quality and larger production volume while ensuring resource efficiency.  The controllable variables for plants may include:

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Drought in Agriculture

Jul 1, 2016, 12:04 PM

This page provides you with the latest presentations provided in response to the drought in agriculture.For more information also see the Western Cape Department of Agriculture's Drought Portal.  

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Sep 7, 2018, 2:02 PM

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Improving the quality of irrigation water through on-farm treatment
WRC, 2016
river water; microbial standards; health risk; water pollution
Quality of harvested rainwater and application of point of use
WRC, 2016
microbiological and chemical quality; treatment of the collected rainwater; perceptions on rainwater use
The impact of wastewater irrigation by wineries on soils, crop growth and product quality
WRC, 2014
soil properties; grapevine performance; wine quality; winery wastewater for irrigation
Sustainable use of greywater in small-scale Agriculture and gardens in South Africa
WRC, 2010
greywater-irrigated produce; sustainable greywater use
Predicting the environmental impact and sustainability of irrigation with coal mine water
WRC, 2007
environment; water quality; pollution control

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Energy Efficiency in Agriculture

May 13, 2019, 2:17 PM

Rising electricity costs and current supply issues continue to put pressure on the agriculture sector and the South African economy. Any farm (regardless of size) can implement energy efficiency (EE) measures in order to lower operating costs. Energy saving interventions ranges from behavioural changes to investing in more efficient technologies. The former is cheap to implement and has reportedly saved agriculture businesses on average an estimated 20%. 

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Land Tenure and Policy

May 17, 2021, 10:20 AM

Land is one of the most important components of any agricultural production - the regulations listed below detail the regulations that guide land use, tenure and protection of these.

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May 17, 2021, 3:10 PM

Umlindi is a newsletter compiled by the ARC to collate and disseminate information about seasonal forecasts, rainfull, temperature, wind and vegetation forcasts over South Africa.

Brazil-South Africa Cross-Incubation Agritech Virtual Programme

May 25, 2021, 3:25 PM