Potato Breeding and Commercialisation
Since 1992, Zylem has represented the interests in Southern Africa of Netherlands-based potato breeding companies and is currently responsible for varieties owned by Stet Holland B.V. The scope of our expertise includes the development and commercialisation of seed for consumer and commercial purposes.
Stet Holland is based in the key potato-breeding area of Emmeloord, Netherlands. The company focuses on varieties for French fries, crisps and table potatoes, in particular their seed production, plus 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 primarily by Ivanhoe in Nottingham Road and Pi Delta in Greytown, KZN, with other production sites coming on stream in areas of South Africa that are climatically appropriate.
Major farming organisations around the country grow potato crops from seed supplied by Zylem’s contract growers, for table and for processing.
These potato varieties have been commercialised in South Africa:
|Abby||Table – specifically speciality and salad (Plantera)|
|El Mundo||Table – pre-pack|
|Labadia||Table – pre-pack|
|Mondeo||Table – pre-pack (Plantera)|
|Nicola||Table – specifically salad|
As at the 2019/2020 season, these varieties are in trials and various stages of seed multiplication:
|Ariata KWS||French Fries & Table|
|Bonnata KWS||Table, home fries – pre-pack|
|ERA 11-4755||Table (Plantera)|
|Essenza||Table – pre-pack (McCreight Potatoes)|
|Leonata KWS||French Fries (McCain Foods)|
|Lucera||Table – specifically speciality and salad (Plantera)|
For more detailed information on any of these varieties, please contact us.
Potato Field Day
Zylem was prominent today at Cedara Agricultural College’s Potato Field Day, aimed at the smallholder farmer. Justin Platt was kept very busy discussing potatoes with the many who attended, all under a very hot KZN sun! Four of our varieties were featured – Mondeo, El Mundo, Labadia and Essenza. They attracted a great deal of interest, as all are suitable for table and the pre-pack sector, with Mondeo and Labadia also ideal for home French Fries. Mondeo is a consistently high performer in ‘Potatoes South Africa’ regional trials, coming tops in the most recent trials in Polokwane, with Labadia and Essenza coming 4th and 5th respectively, and El Mundo featuring in the top half.