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Hortgro Annual Report 2021 – SAPO Extract

Amidst a constantly evolving industry landscape, it remains important for all role players and service providers to stay relevant and to optimize their value proposition. SAPO Trust (SAPO), the official plant improvement organization of the South African deciduous fruit industry, is not immune to this process and therefore continues to move with the times in …

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Pathology lab – new cycle of ISO 17025 accreditation approved

The SAPO laboratory passed the SANAS (South African National Accreditation System) assessment in June and accreditation was approved for a further cycle.  SANAS is South Africa’s sole national accreditation body that provides an internationally recognized and effective accreditation system in respect of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP).  Our SAPO laboratory is accredited for all virus tests …

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SAPO body plays long game amid challenges

SAPO Trust recently spoke to Fresh Plaza about it’s role within the Deciduous Fruit Industry and the trends that are seen within the Industry. The long-term outlook within the Industry, is also discussed. https://www.freshplaza.com/article/9425920/south-african-plant-improvement-body-plays-the-long-game-amid-challenges/

SAPO expands its Independent Cultivar Evaluations

Following a strategic decision by SAPO to outsource the evaluation of its new cultivars to Provar, an expert Plant Genetics Evaluation company, table grapes has been added to the list of cultivars to ensure even greater impartiality. The following number of selections are currently been tested in trails: EVALUATION APPLE PEAR PEACHES NECTARINES PLUMS CHERRIES …

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SAPO receives another clean financial audit

SAPO’s ability to apply good corporate governance and financial prudence has again been reaffirmed by its external auditors. During the recent audit, auditors from the external audit firm, Exceed (Pty) Ltd, have been highly satisfied with the processes, controls and oversight applied by the SAPO team. With the scope of audits including 3 critical business …

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SAPO tops 2 000 graft combinations at its Riviersonderend Nursery

SAPO is proud to announce that it has now grafted more than 2 000 combinations at its Tygerhoek Nursery in Riviersonderend. This is by far the largest number of end combinations in the sector making SAPO the leader in this category of plant improvement within South Africa. More specifically, phase 2 and phase 3 evaluation …

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THE TRUE SOUTH AFRICAN FUJI – NOW AVAILABLE AT SAPO TRUST!!!

Ever since the Fuji apple was bred in 1939 in Japan there has always been a search for better coloured red fruit. SAPO Trust has the home-grown full-red Fuji mutation – Fuji Royal –  available for South African producers. Plant Breeder’s Rights were granted for Fuji Royal in 2018 which bears testament to its uniqueness. The …

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Western Cape Department of Agriculture visits SAPO Trust’s Tygerhoek facilities

SAPO Trust had the honour of hosting a delegation from the Western Cape Department of Agriculture on Friday 11 December 2020. The visit coincided with the Department’s visit to their Tygerhoek research facility where an overview of operations and research projects was canvased. Presentations on research into economically and ecologically sustainable farming practices as well …

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