Agronomists' Association

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SA Sugar Industry Agronomists' Association


SAIAA aims to promote the development and application of the science of sugarcane agronomy in Southern Africa by creating opportunities for the free exchange of relevant ideas, knowledge and information between members.

We maintain records of various field trial reports  make these available to members. Symposia are held annually and field excursions are arranged when appropriate. For all queries, contact Vasie Naidoo on 031 508 7403 or email .


There are currently 200 SAIAA members. All members have tertiary qualifications, most have an agronomic background and most are involved in sugarcane agronomic research. The following organisations contribute to the Association:

South African Sugarcane Research Institute
Zimbabwe Sugar Association Experiment Station
Triangle Sugar Estates
Hippo Valley Sugar Estate
Sucoma Sugar Company
Swaziland Sugar Association Extension Services
Royal Swazi Sugar Corporation
Simunye Mhlume Sugar Company
Ubombo Ranches, Swaziland (Illovo)


(25 October 2017)

1. New fertiliser strategies for SA and the sugarcane industry
Guest speaker: Adam Mostert, former CEO of FERTASA 

2. Improving soil health to be sustainable
Richard Cole, South Coast Grower  

3. Soil health in perspective
Dr Neil Miles, SASRI Senior Soil Scientist 

4. Yield mapping – its potential in precision agriculture
Alasdair Harris, Agricultural Engineer, Tongaat Hulett Limited  

5.Potential of remote sensing imagery to enhance farming practices based on data driven decisions.
Brent Griffiths, Cane Centre of Excellence Manager, Illovo Sugar Africa


(26 October 2016)

Theme: How do we recover from the drought?


1. Opening: Dr Carolyn Baker (Director)

2. What can we expect from the weather?
Guest speaker: Prof Francois Engelbrecht, CSIR

3. Soil Conservation Guidelines
Paul Botha, Extension Specialist, SASRI

4. Recovery from the drought: An economics perspective.
Richard Nicholson, SACGA

5. A story of one growers survival tactics
Dean Percival, Sugarcane Grower, Gingindlovu

6. Persisting drought in the irrigated region
Marius Adendorff, SASRI Extension Specialist and Cobus Horn, Sugarcane Farmer, Pongola 

Review of the Variety and P&D programmes

(27 October 2015)

Papers presented (click title to download):

1.  Genetically modified sugarcane and eldana.
Dr Sandy Snyman, Biotechnologist, SASRI

2.  RV yield, pest and disease resistance of new cultivars.
Dr Marvellous Zhou, Plant breeder, SASRI

3.  Scouting for new pests (thrips and aphids).
Kevin Language, Arysta LifeScience

4.  Spread of Eldana in the Midlands
Rowan Stranack, Biosecurity specialist, SASRI

5.  How an individual grower is coping with Eldana and trying to age his cane
Ant Goble, Sugarcane Farmer, KwaZulu-Natal

6.  Eldana in Sierra Leone
Pete E Turner, Consultant

7.  SASIAA AGM 2015
Rianto van Antwerpen (Chairman)


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