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  • Seedling Growers Association of South Africa (SGASA) is an active organization that represents commercial seedling growers and their interests in South Africa. SGASA is a non-profit organization. The Seedling Growers Association of South Africa was first constituted in 1981, two years after Roode Lyon first introduced seedling trays to South Africa. It was soon realized that the system had tremendous advantages over seedbed production of seedlings and was adopted by innovative growers. The seedling industry grew from then to dominate all timber, vegetable and bedding plant seedling production within 10 years.
     
    OBJECTIVES of the Association are:
    • To serve as an instrument of negotiation in the best interests of the seedling industry and to liaise between the various groups within the industry.
    • To promote the common interests of members and the industry in general.
    • To promote co‑operation amongst members.
    • To provide a rigorous and comprehensive certification scheme for members.
    • To conduct Research on pertinent topics as and when the need arises.
    Research
     
    SGASA'S has a dynamic research programme. This is led and managed by a research committee. A survey among members is conducted annually to determine the type of research in which SGASA should invest. This ensures that the research is relevant. Research projects conducted in past years include among others - downy mildew, damping off, algae control, nutrition and the use of plant growth regulators (PGR's), Vegetable Seed Pathology, Bacterial Speck and Spot, Super absorbents, Root Diseases - PhythoYou'll be invited to the Annual Symposium, the highlight of the year! Here you will be updated on the latest local and international research from local and international experts as well as presentations on nursery trends and innovations. All symposia are aimed at improving the quality of the seedling industry in Southern Africa. Farmer’s day are sometimes held in conjunction with symposiums, and this serves as an opportunity to showcase new varieties and demonstrate best farming practice.phthora and Thelieviopsis, Tobacco Alternaria, PGR's in Timber, Pine nutrition, medium quality, Trichoderma & Virus control in peppers, seed vigour.
     
    The Leaflet
     
    SGASA quarterly publication, The Leaflet, filled with industry news, advertisements and research information.
     
    Annual Symposium
     
    The highlight of the year! Here you will be updated on the latest local and international research from local and international experts as well as presentations on nursery trends and innovations. All symposia are aimed at improving the quality of the seedling industry in Southern Africa. Farmer’s day are sometimes held in conjunction with symposiums, and this serves as an opportunity to showcase new varieties and demonstrate best farming practice.
     
    Certification
     
    The organization has an in-house certification scheme aimed at adding value to individual nurseries. Nurserymen who are currently certified find it an extremely useful tool in improving their nursery. This certification is performed by a plant pathologist who has broad knowledge of the seedling industry. Results are benchmarked to enable individual nurseries to see how they score against other certified nurseries. These figures are kept strictly confidential.
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