On 19 March, the Western Cape Provincial Department of Agriculture’s 2020/2021 budget of R970,556 million was tabled in the Western Cape legislature.

The 2020/2021 budget is allocated as follows:

  • Sustainable resource management: R130 621 million.
  • Farmer support and development: R293 681 million.
  • Veterinary services: R108 228 million.
  • Research and technology: R161 160 million.
  • Agricultural economic services: R43 562 million.
  • Structured agricultural education and training: R62 466 million.
  • Rural development: R30 268 million.                     

Initiatives for 2020

Key initiatives planned for 2020/2021 include:

  • R20 million for three cold rooms in support of the black commercial farmer initiative in the Overberg district.
  • R10 million is assigned for the purpose of market access improvement through biotechnology and increasing fruit export opportunities in Africa.
  • R49,5 million is earmarked for drought-related interventions in the 2020/2021 financial year.
  • An additional once-off allocation of R20 million is put towards raising the canal walls of the Brandvlei dam.

The news that government allocated a further R25 million towards drought mitigation in the Central Karoo and Garden Route districts were also welcomed. – Press release, Western Cape Government