Friday, September 2, 2016

Bayer supports the potato industry

Johannesburg, September 2nd, 2016 - Bayer will again act as main sponsor of the Potato Certification Service’s Seed Grower of the Year award on September 6, 2016.

Bayer is proud to be part of this award where the winner will be chosen based on the management quality and sustainability his farm.


The three finalists for this year's award include:

JP van der Berg (North West)
Frans Engelbrecht (North West)
W & K Boerdery (Western Free State)
(Willie Goosen end Kiewiet Moll)

Bayer and Potato Certification Service strive to build on quality as the cornerstone for the industry. Both organizations stand for sustainability for all stakeholders in the potato industry. After a difficult year during the 2015/16 drought, it has become very clear that consistency and reliability are two qualities that will support players in the potato industry. Bayer strives to provide access to innovation, by investing in research to offer the potato industry products that address problems like managing virus vectors and soil-borne diseases. It is also important to protect the current potato protection products to support sustainable potato production. Therefore Bayer launched its promise of "Committed to the Future" where we collectively want to responsibly manage the challenges of the future.

Along with the 18th Seed Grower of the Year Award, Potato Certification Service is also celebrating their 21st anniversary. The company has played a leading role over 21 years in the pursuit of sustainable supply of high quality plant material to the Potato Industry.

Bayer wants to congratulate Potato Certification Service on their 21st anniversary and emphasize its commitment to the industry.

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