Potato Breeding and Commercialisation
Since 1992 Zylem has represented the interests of KWS-Potato (formerly Van Rijn) in South Africa. Its work for KWS-Potato has encompassed the development and commercialisation of potato varieties for seed, consumer and commercial purposes. In mid-2016, Stet Holland B.V. bought this aspect of the business from KWS-Potato. Zylem will continue in the same capacity with the representation and management of Stet’s varieties in Southern Africa.
KWS-Potato continues its focus on hybrid breeding of potato varieties at its Emerloord (Netherlands) base whilst Stet Holland will focus on varieties for French fries, crisps and table potatoes and particularly their seed production, sales and marketing for export markets and the processing industry.
Visit the Stet web site at http://www.stet-potato.com/en/
Farms and Partners
Potato mini tubers are produced by Maluti Mini Tubers, under contract to Zylem, to provide clean, disease-free G0 seed for effective seed production.
Currently, potato seed multiplication is efficiently handled for Zylem by Ivanhoe in Nottingham Road and Pi Delta in Greytown, KZN; and Lone Tree Farms in the Eastern Free State.
Major farming organisations around the country grow potato crops from seed supplied by Zylem’s contract growers, for table and for processing.
These KWS Potato varieties have been commercialised in South Africa:
|Labadia||Table and pre-pack|
|Nicola||Table, specifically salad|
|El Mundo||Table and pre-pack|
|Mondeo||Table – pre-pack (Plantera)|
As at the 2016/2017 season, these varieties are in trials and various stages of seed multiplication:
|Bonnata||Table, home fries – pre-pack|
|Ariata||French Fries & Table|
|Richill||Table – pre-pack|
|Essenza||Table – pre-pack|
|Pink Fir Apple||Table – pre-pack|
|Abby||Table – specifically speciality and salad (Plantera)|
For more detailed information on any of these varieties, please contact:
Tel: +27 (0) 33 347 2893