Research Report 2015/2016




It is with true gratitude that the PRF presents this research report. The results achieved fall within the aims and objectives set by the PRF and the achievements require the recognition of a large number of institutions and individuals.

We are blessed to have so many co-workers and supporters that are willing to work hard in attaining the PRF objectives. We think of all the researchers, research institutes, universities and other tertiary institutions, the government, especially the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), specifically the Crop Estimates Committee, provincial departments and other supporting services such as the press and all agents that assist us with the transfer of technology. These include producer bodies such as Agri SA, Grain South Africa, SAGIS, SA Grain Labo­ra­tory, the Commodities Trusts, especially the Oil and Protein Seeds Development Trust, co-operatives and agricultural companies, seed, chemical and equipment companies and distributors, our auditors, lawyers, web master, Contemporary Events, the fund managers FOORD and Old Mutual and all that are not mentioned by name but are always available to help. Our loyal and very dedicated staff make a huge contribution and it is difficult to find appropriate words to thank them for all their input during the past year and the years before.

It has always been the policy of the PRF to appoint board members with specific knowledge required by the PRF to further its activities. All the board members who serve on the PRF have made huge contributions in the past year to the success that we look back upon today. We express our sincere gratitude.

An unqualified word of thanks to everybody.

Gerhard JH Scholtemeijer