Western Cape Department Budget for 2017-18


A united, responsive and prosperous agricultural sector in balance with nature.


Unlock the full potential of agriculture (the value chain) to enhance the economic, ecological and social wealth of all the people of the Western Cape through:

  • Encouraging sound stakeholder engagements

  • Promoting the production of affordable, nutritious, safe and accessible food, fibre and agricultural products

  • Ensuring sustainable management of natural resources

  • Executing cutting edge and relevant research and technology development

  • Developing, retaining and attracting skills and human capital

  • Providing a competent and professional extension support service

  • Enhancing market access for the entire agricultural sector

  • Contributing towards alleviation of poverty and hunger

  • Ensuring transparent and effective governance

Main Services and Core functions

*Provide an engineering support service to enhance environmentally and economically sustainable farming practices such as conservation agriculture, to prevent pollution through agricultural activities and to increase water use efficiency of all irrigation farmers.

  • Provide sustainable resource management solutions and methodologies through the provision of agricultural Engineering and Land Care services, pro-active communication, facilitation and implementation of projects as well as technology transfer to clients and partners.

  • Manage the verification, survey, planning, design and implementation of disaster relief to farmers and provide the required technical support during the rehabilitation phase.

  • Prevent the fragmentation of agricultural land by providing comments according to the applicable legislation to the relevant authority as to the recommended land use.

  • Facilitate, coordinate and provide support to smallholder and commercial farmers through sustainable development within agrarian reform initiatives.

  • Provide extension and advisory services to farmers.

  • Support, advise and coordinate the implementation of the Integrated Food Security Strategy of South Africa (IFSS).

  • Prevent and control animal diseases, facilitate the exports of animals and animal products, render veterinary diagnostic services, promote animal welfare and ensure the safety of meat and meat products through the implementation of, amongst others, the Meat Safety Act (Act 40 of 2000), the Animal Diseases Act (Act 35 of 1984) and other relevant legislation.

  • Provide cutting-edge technology to commercial and smallholder farmers and other stakeholders through a client-focused and problem-driven research and technology development portfolio.

  • Dissemination of appropriate new and adapted technology and scientific information in the form of user-friendly information packages, scientific and popular publications, and target-group focused information days and on-farm “walk and talks”.

  • Provide research and infrastructure support services to the Department and other external research institutions from seven research farms.

  • Provide relevant and reliable agricultural statistics for informed decision-making.

  • Provide macro and resource economics intelligence to inform planning and sound decision- making.

  • Provide production economics services to inform planning and business management in support of optimal farming.

  • Promote AgriBEE to ensure full participation by new entrepreneurs in the entire value chain and the uptake of new opportunities by the established ones.

  • Provide marketing and agri-business support services and intelligence to enhance competiveness of the agricultural and agri-business sector including agri-processing. Facilitate and provide structured and accredited agricultural education and training in line with the Agricultural Education and Training Strategy to all participants in the agricultural sector in order to establish a knowledgeable, prosperous and competitive sector.

  • Promote and implement the Human Capital Development Strategy in the Department and the agricultural sector in the Western Cape in an effort to ensure organisational capacity development, as well as attract individuals to the agricultural sector as part of the broader transformation of the sector.

  • Facilitate improved synergy and cooperation between training service providers and industry bodies, with focus on regional agricultural commodity groups and rural stakeholder bodies.

  • Coordinate the actions of the three spheres of government in selected rural wards and institutionalise rural community organisational structures.

  • Facilitate farm worker development through partnerships, funding and implementation of specific projects in farm worker communities.

Budgeted spending by sub-programme for each programme

Each chart shows the budgeted spending by each sub-programme of that programme.

Agricultural Economics Services
Farmer Support and Development
Research and Technology Development Services
Rural Development
Structured Agricultural Education and Training
Sustainable Resource Management
Veterinary Services

Budgeted spending by Economic Classification for each programme

Each chart shows the budgeted spending by economic classification under that Programme.

Agricultural Economics Services
Farmer Support and Development
Research and Technology Development Services
Rural Development
Structured Agricultural Education and Training
Sustainable Resource Management
Veterinary Services

Budgeted spending by programme for Economic Classification items

Each chart shows the budgeted spending of each Programme under that Economic Classification.

Current payments - Compensation of employees
Current payments - Goods and services
Payments for capital assets - Buildings and other fixed structures
Payments for capital assets - Machinery and equipment
Payments for capital assets - Software and other intangible assets
Transfers and subsidies - Departmental agencies and accounts
Transfers and subsidies - Higher education institutions
Transfers and subsidies - Households
Transfers and subsidies - Non-profit institutions
Transfers and subsidies - Provinces and municipalities
Transfers and subsidies - Public corporations and private enterprises
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