Croplife South Africa (CLSA) is an industry association who serves its members and consumers to ensure sustainable food production and food security while maintaining high levels of environmental compliance. The South African crop protection industry is repositioning itself with a number of ventures not only in the agricultural sector but also in the broader South African society. The former President of CropLife South Africa Marcel Dreyer initiated the repositioning and it will be rolled out further in the coming years by the new leadership. A new CLSA executive council was elected on the 7 th of March 2017 with Cicelia van Rooi (Dow AgroSciences) as President and Marius Boshoff (Villa Crop Protection) as Vice-President. Other members elected to the council are Kobus Steenekamp (Monsanto), Antonie Delport (Syngenta), Quinton Cross (Nulandis), Chris Thompson (Laeveld Agrochem), Jacques du Preez (Nexus), Paul Roux (Avima), Marcel Dreyer (Arysta LifeScience), Dr Klaus Eckstein (Bayer), Rolf Dieckmann (Viking
Distributors), Johan du Plessis (Adama) and Tom Mabesa (ex officio CLSA).
CLSA developed a comprehensive set of databases on crop protection and public health products with its AgriIntel Database, the Agricultural Remedies Database and a series of six compendiums on crop protection and public health. The AgriIntel Database and website are currently being upgraded to make it compatible with all types of electronic platforms and with more powerful search capabilities. Users will already notice a much faster response on the website when searching for crop protection data.
Skills development is also on the charts for CLSA. There is a dire need for younger generation scientists to enter the agricultural arena both in the state departments and the private sector. CLSA is currently investigating mechanisms to support previously disadvantaged students in the disciplines of toxicology, entomology, plant pathology, weed sciences, chemistry and micro-biology in order to build a legion of qualified agricultural scientists for the future. Training of agriculture extension officers is already a key component of CLSA’s skills development initiative and the CEO has taken a personal responsibility for this.
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