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ProCrop
Overview

ProCrop is an all-inclusive agricultural consultancy company with consultation interests both nationally and internationally, focusing on crop production activities.

ProCrop as an agricultural consultation service provider, invests in human intellect and capacity, innovative technology, novel knowledge and effective communication with farmers; with the goal of optimising farming output and sustainability.

This concept has been branded as Agri-Intelect and refers to the delivery of a multi-disciplinary service to the agricultural community based on the above-mentioned principles. ProCrop is not involved in the direct or indirect marketing of any products related to the field of consultation and prides itself in the provision of independent and impartial advice.

VISION
To establish sustainable agriculture on the African continent through developing and applying agri-intellect.

MISSION
To be the preference independent service provider for producers of agricultural crops on the African continent.

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TECHNICAL SERVICES
Soil Fertility
The main focus in this discipline is on the design of well-balanced fertiliser programs based on all the contributing variables and exploitation of new technology in this regard which include:
  • Evaluations and recommendations on the suitability of soils for specific crop types and recommendations on physical and chemical improvements to soils.
  • Development and compiling of fertiliser programmes based on soil and leaf analyses together with production and growth history of an orchard, vineyard or field.
  • Compiling of foliar fertiliser spray programmes based on leaf nutrient analyses.
  • Compiling of three year lime maintenance programmes of soils.
  • Implementation, modification and guidance of nutritional programmes throughout the season in orchards and vineyards to ensure a good balance between growth and fruit baring.
Diagnostic Services
Facilitate diagnostic services including:
  • Nematology.
  • Plant diseases.
  • Soil, leaf and related analyses.
  • Pesticide residue analyses.
Horticulture
The main focus in this discipline is in Pome, Stone and Citrus production and covers all the sub disciplines including (but not restricted to):
  • Tree training.
  • Pruning.
  • Fruit thinning.
  • Chemical manipulation.
Crop Protection
This involves all the various sub disciplines of crop protection with specific focus on the following:
  • Development of IPM based crop protection management plans per crop.
  • Ensuring market access and compliance to all legislation and related regulations involved with pesticide use.
  • Implementation of pest and disease scouting systems.
  • Implementation and development of pest and disease forecasting systems.
Research
Procrop has a team of qualified scientific researchers that can conduct scientifically sound assessments in the following but not limited to:
  • Spray application evaluations
  • Pest and disease forecasting systems
  • Field evaluations of plant protection related products.
Training
Various courses related to crop protection support including but not limited to:
  • Safe handling of agricultural pesticides
  • Pest and Disease scouting
  • Pesticide application
  • Other technical topics related to crop production.
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THE PROCROP TEAM

Bekker Wessels

Managing director and Senior Technical consultant

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BekkerW@procropsa.co.za

Education:
BSc Agric University of Stellenbosch; BSc Agric Honours - University of the Orange Free State; MSc Agric University of Stellenbosch.

About
After a career of 10 years in the Agro Chemical industry Bekker started Procrop (at that point operated as a Trust) as a private consultancy business specialising in the field of crop protection. Over years Procrop has grown to become a well known brand in the Agricultural community of especially the Western Cape but clients also included mega farming enterprises in other regions of the country like the well known tomato producer ZZ2 in Mooketsi as well as DuToit Agri in the Langkloof. Although well specialised in providing crop protection consulting services to the pome and stone fruit industry, Procrop is also involved in cash crops such as onions, potatoes, tomatoes and several other smaller vegetable commodities. On the research front Bekker is also involved with several research projects together with the University of Stellenbosch as well as smaller farming organisations.

In 2016 Procrop joined forces with the Intelichem group of companies. This decision was taken to ensure long term succession of the business on the one hand and, on the other hand, to capitalise on the synergy opportunities that this business change will bring about for both groups in future.

Stephen Rabe

Non-executive director

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stephen@srconsult.co.za

About
Stephen is part of the ProCrop management team with vast industry experience. Stephen has built his career from the bottom of the production ladder after finishing his studies at the University of Stellenbosch, to top management and executive positions that he has filled thus far and currently occupying through his passion for agriculture. He has exposure to the local and international agricultural sector. Stephen is a natural leader and great motivator which has led him to serve on the board of directors of multiple high-profile agricultural entities such as the Fruitways Group, Caledon Valley Nurseries and Hortgro Pome, to name a few. With his experience in management roles and forward-thinking attitude Stephen is a catalyst for growth in ProCrop.

Gideon van Zyl

Technical Consultant

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gideonvz@procropsa.co.za

Education:
B.Sc. Agric (Viticulture and Plant Pathology) Stellenbosch University, Ph.D. Agric (Plant pathology) Stellenbosch University.

About
Gideon has been part of ProCrop as a technical consultant since September 2016, advising ProCrop’s client base and other interested parties in matters retaining to plant disease control. Gideon is a Plant pathologist and researcher, with specific focus on application technology theory and implementation, one of the most important factors in optimal disease control. He also has experience in disease prediction modeling. Gideon has multiple authorships and co-authorships on the topic of spray application. Other than consultation, with close ties to the University of Stellenbosch, Gideon also focusses on research and development of novel application technology and techniques, disease control methodology, on all crop types. He also teaches on the topic regularly at a professional level at local and international conferences, grower days and university.

Lionel van Schalkwyk

Technical Consultant

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lionelvs@procropsa.co.za

Education:
B.Sc. Agric (Horticulture and soil science), Stellenbosch University

About
Lionel joined Procrop in 2018 as an experienced horticulturalist with more than 28 years of industry experience. His experience ranges from basic farm level management practices to a vast knowledge of all horticultural aspects of the deciduous fruit and table grape industry, locally and internationally. His additional soil science background strengthens his understanding of the nutritional aspects of fruit crops.

Tobie van Rooyen

Technical Consultant

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tobievr@procropsa.co.za

Education:
BSc. Agriculture, University of Stellenbosch 1991

About
Tobie van Rooyen is one of our ProCrop Technical Consultants, holding a BSc. in Agriculture from the University of Stellenbosch.

After completing his studies in 1991, Tobie has been working in the agricultural sector and gained vast experience in the fruit industry over the last 22 years focusing on the production of apples and pears.

Currently he is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of Hortgro Science as well as other technical committees.

Tobie furthermore achieved the AVCASA certificate in crop protection in May 2018.

Philip Rebel

Junior Technical Consultant

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philipr@procropsa.co.za

Education:
B.Sc. Agric (Agronomy and Plant Pathology) – Stellenbosch University, M.Sc. Agric (Plant Pathology) – Stellenbosch University.

About
Philip joined the ProCrop team in January 2019 as junior technical consultant following the completion of his M.Sc. Agric at the University of Stellenbosch. His research was focused on spray application technology in modern apple orchards as well as disease control in these orchards. Prior to his M.Sc. studies Philip gained knowledge of field trials and crop protection by spending university holidays working in industry. Philip focusses on novel application technology and other innovation in crop protection with close ties to the University Stellenbosch.

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RESEARCH PROJECTS
Research activities are aimed at the development of new expertise and technologies as well as the scientific evaluation of existing technologies/products in a very unbiased commercial environment.

Current research projects involve spray application, pest and disease forecasting as well as co-supervising in several post-graduate plant pathology studies at the University of Stellenbosch.
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TRAINING SERVICES
Safe handling of pesticides
Aimed at any person to likely come into contact with agricultural chemical (agro-chemicals) products. In this full day course learners are educated about the:
  • Potential hazards of agro-chemicals
  • How to identify the hazard class of each chemical product
  • Guidelines on the safe handling and storage of agro-chemicals
  • Personal safety equipment and how to use them
  • General guidelines on the environment in which to use agro-chemicals safely
Pest and Disease scouting
Training of personnel who can be employed on commercial fruit and vegetable farms as a pest and disease monitors/scouts. This two day course covers all aspects of crop pest and disease scouting including:
  • Goal of monitoring and related theory
  • Characteristics of a good crop pest and disease scout
  • Day to day duties and responsibilities of a crop pest and disease scout
  • Crop pest and disease scouting methodology
  • Data capture and use of data
  • Identification of common crop pests and diseases
Pesticide application and Crop protection
Various seminars and workshops on the basics and technical aspects of fruit and vegetable pesticide application and crop protection. These courses can be tailored on request to the needs of the audience to target the key area of knowledge that needs to be expanded. The seminars and workshops are presented by the ProCrop team who are qualified in the various fields of crop protection.
CONTACT US
Kathrein Wine Estate
Annandale Road
off the R44
Stellenbosch 7600
South Africa
Suite 41
Private Bag X4
Die Boord
Stellenbosch 7613
South Africa
T: +27 21 881 8500
F: +27 21 881 3565
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WHAT WE OFFER
  • Experienced professionals in various crops and agricultural fields
  • Practical and scientifically sound recommendations
  • Long-standing relationships with progressive clients
  • Long-standing relationships with research institutions and academic experts
  • Specialist training course provider
  • Provision of research services
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