PANNAR seed recently celebrated its 60th birthday at the Kievitskroon Estate near Pretoria. The opportunity was used to not only celebrate the massive contribution PANNAR has made in bringing seed innovation to farmers in South Africa and the rest of Africa, but also its relationship with Corteva AgriScience, the agricultural division of DowDuPont.

Corteva AgriScience also made use of the opportunity to announce that Africa and the Middle East will now be an independent region reporting in the global Corteva organisation. “This is a fantastic move for us as it will significantly increase our visibility in the region and allow us to invest our global resources in this region,” commented Prabdeep Bajwa, regional lead for Africa and Middle East at Corteva AgriScience. He reiterates that Africa is a gowth region for the company and that they are very proud of the progress that has been made in the region. “This is emphasised by the celebration of 60 years of PANNAR, one of our proudest brands in Africa. PANNAR has done wonderful things for farmers across Africa, especially in South Africa, growing productivity for farmers and bringing constant innovation. With the move to Corteva AgriScience, PANNAR will be fully supported to further this growth.”

Nick Goble, commercial manager for PANNAR, added that the fact that PANNAR became part of Corteva AgriScience at the beginnig of 2018 means that it is now fuelled by one of the strongest innovation engines in the world.  “This furthers our history of bringing innovation to Africa. As a result of our relationship with DowDuPont, historically we have brought in over R100 million for research and development to the benefit of farmers in South Africa and the rest of Africa.”

The 60th year celebration was also used to recognise some of the major contributors to PANNAR’s history. “These are PANNAR legends such as Brian Corbishley, Ian Jarvie, Deon van Rooyen, Piet Marais, Coerrie Badenhorst, Mike Barrow, Johan Potegieter, Dries Booyens, Francois du Toit, Antony Jarvie and Willem Boshoff,” said Goble. “We are very greatful to every contribution to PANNAR’s success.” – Marike Brits, Farmbiz