SAPO's new CEO prioritises plant improvement and stakeholder engagement

Having served in various capacities in the agriculture industry over the last 24 years, and witnessing an array of changes reforming the industry over time, there is no doubt that Plant Improvement (PI) would continue to play an increasingly important role in the future of South African agriculture. Amidst the growing need for food security and nutrition, market access, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) developments, SAPO is looking forward to provide a meaningful contribution towards the broader agriculture community. 

SAPO is well-positioned to support the highly competitive environment in which our stakeholders do business. Celebrating 45 years of involvement in PI’s, next year, SAPO is in a distinct position to apply learned business practices in support of its stakeholders operating within an ever-changing trade environment. 

Dit is om hierdie rede dat ons  binne die volgende paar maande ons Plantverbeteringsdiens (PV) gaan verskerp. Met PV as die kernbesigheid van SAPO is dit vir ons belangrik dat ons konstant belyn is met internasionale en beste praktyke tot voordeel van ons kliente en belanghebbendes.

Going forward, stakeholder relations would be embedded as a key priority of SAPO. SAPO employees would remain available to listen to clients’ needs, to engage in matters of mutual importance to the sector, and be open to face-to-face conversations and dialogue. 

It is my hope and sincere desire that I would be able to meet with you, our valued stakeholder, in person during the next few months.

Until next time,


SAPO Trust is a plant improvement organisation established in 1974 in Ceres and is currently situated on Fleurbaix Farm, Van Reede street, Die Boord, Stellenbosch since 1987 with a satellite station established in 2007 at Tygerhoek Farm in Riviersonderend in co-operation with the Department of Agriculture:Western Cape.. 

SAPO Trust’s mission is to develop a comprehensive range of virus-free plant material that can be supplied cost-effectively to the fruit industries in South Africa. The company pioneers variety development and the commercialisation of new fruit varieties in South Africa. It is SAPO Trust's vision to be the preferred fruit plant material provider in the country, as they continually strive to be on top of a competitive industry.

“Love for plants is a profession of hope.”

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