Registered Seed Potato Growers

Certified seed potatoes are annually produced by approximately 220 registered seed potato growers under the supervision and administration of Potato Certification Service.   Any potato producer who is able to comply with the requirements of the South African Seed Potato Certification Scheme may apply for registration as a seed grower.  Each seed potato grower is allocated a unique grower code which is linked to all his plantings.

Current growers

A prescribed registration fee per hectare is payable and is reviewed annually.  Current growers may pay registration fees in one payment at the time of registration or in two installments, namely one with registration and the second on 150 days after planting.  Registration fees for plantings intended for production in terms of the table scheme are fully payable at time of registration.

Any grower who already obtained a grower code but did not register a seed potato planting during the past four years, shall be regarded as a new grower and shall pay twice the amount per hectare for certification services.  This amount shall be payable during the first two consecutive seasons and shall not be refundable.  A season extends from planting until the post-control result has been conveyed to the grower.

New growers

A new grower is a producer who obtains a grower code for the first time (except when the Scheme forces him to have a new grower code because he is planting in another region) and register plantings under the Scheme that is produced under his supervision.  A new grower shall pay twice the amount per hectare for certification services.  This amount shall be payable during the first two consecutive seasons and shall not be refundable.  A season extends from planting until the post-control result has been conveyed to the grower.

New growers (beginner farmers) who receive a grower code for the first time and plant 10 hectares or less for two consecutive seasons and certify his seed potato crop, only pay a single fee with registration.  New growers or beginner farmers that register more than 10 hectares pay the double registration fee.

Registration fees for new growers are fully payable at time of registration.

Requirements for admission as seed potato grower

New growers are required to obtain a certificate by writing an open-book exam to prove knowledge of the Scheme regulations, Protocol, applicable legal aspects and seed potato production.  An open-book exam shall be compiled for this purpose.  All new growers, newly appointed council members, as well as seed growers who do not adhere to the Scheme and Protocol rules will be required to successfully obtain this certificate.  A pass mark of 75 % must be attained.  On failing to pass the exam, growers will need to rewrite the exam within two months.


All registered seed growers are invited to contact the web administrator to submit contact details for publishing on this page.

 

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