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About Sensako

SENSAKO (PTY) LTD is primarily engaged in the breeding and the commercialization of agronomic crop seed which it markets under the brand name SENSAKO. Our vision is to optimize cereal and oil seed production and profitability for the benefit of grain crop producers and processors alike.

Our wheat breeding team comprises 60% of the senior wheat breeders in South Africa and with over 150 years of combined experience it is the most experienced in the country. Together, this team has produced 75% of the most recent provisional or final wheat cultivar releases for the country.  

Sensako wheat cultivars also account for approximately 80% of all wheat grown in South Africa. A key component to the groups' success are the excellent relationships with other international wheat breeding programs from where new and valuable germplasm has and will continue to be sourced.

Sensako's wheat breeding strategy, known as modified pedigree selection, incorporates key breeding technologies which, coupled with the use of molecular marker selection and high throughput quality analytics maximizes efficiency and productivity.  

The programs focus on producing wheat varieties for the key commodity and quality markets in South Africa, incorporating key agronomic characters such as increased yield, adaptability and consistency, straw strength, milling and baking improvements and disease resistance.

Sensako currently has 19 commercial cultivars and there are 9, 7 and 8 pre-commercial cultivars from the irrigation, Cape and winter breeding programs.

Research Sites

Sensako's breeding programs are operationally serviced from two sites. Bethlehem (Marnè Research Farm) where the Analytics Laboratory, Tunnel complex, Irrigation and Winter wheat and Summer crop programs are based, and Napier in the Western Cape where the Doubled Haploid and Cape breeding programs (wheat and oats) are based.

Route to Market

Sensako operates currently as a licensee business model whereby varieties protected by Plant Breeders' Rights are licensed out to other agricultural business. Under these license agreements, Licensees are required to purchase pure parent seed which they multiply into commercial certified seed, and sell to grain producers the following planting season. A royalty is paid to Sensako on each bag of commercial seed that is sold annually.

Benefits from wheat breeding programs include yield and extraction improvements (which have profitability implications for farmers, millers and bakers, and may very well have impacts on National Food Security and Balance of Payment considerations, as SA is a net importer of wheat), disease resistance, baking qualities and physiological and agronomic adaptation to local conditions.

A 1% increase in yield translates to approximately 20 000 tons more wheat that is produced in South Africa. A 1% increase in extraction (flower produced through the milling process) yields approximately 15 000 tons more flower based on current South African wheat production.

Industry Support

Sensako currently receives a grant from The Winter Cereals Trust that is financed through a statutory levy on each ton of wheat that is either imported or delivered in South Africa. The Winter Cereals Trust is represented by stakeholders from the wheat producers, bakers, millers and bakers. Whilst the Winter Cereals Trust cannot guarantee financial support to any research program due to the nature of the Trust's income by means of the statutory levy, they have indicated that "the quality of outputs obtained from the Sensako wheat breeding program over years and the high quality of human resources involved in the program, will have an influence on possible future support to the program".

 

Sensako Oorsig

SENSAKO (PTY) LTD is primêr betrokke in die teling en die kommersialisering en bemarking van agronomiese gewasse se saad onder die Sensako handelsmerk. Ons visie is om produksie van grane en oliesade en die gewasse se winsgewindheid te optimaliseer tot voordeel van graanprodusente asook prosesseerders.

Ons koringteelspan bestaan uit ongeveer 60% van die senior koringtelers in Suid-Afrika, met meer as 150 jaar se gekombineerde ondervinding, wat ons dus die mees ervare span in die land maak.

Die span is verantwoordelik vir 75% van die mees onlangse tydelike of finale koringkultivar-vrystellings in Suid-Afrika. Sensako koringkultivars is ook verantwoordelik vir ongeveer 80% van alle koring wat tans in Suid-Afrika verbou word. 'n Sleutel komponent tot die groep se sukses is die uitstekende netwerke en verhoudings wat met ander internasionale koringteelprogramme opgebou is, waarvandaan nuwe en waardevolle kiemplasma op 'n deurlopende basis verkry word.

Sensako se teelstrategie staan bekend as 'n gemodifiseerde stamboomtegniek, wat sekere sleutel teeltegnieke (dubbel-haploïed tegniek) asook moderne tegnologie inkorporeer om die sukses van die teelprogramme te verseker, molekulêre merkers word gebruik om gene koste-effektief te volg, 'n hoë omset kwaliteitslaboratorium is ook beskikbaar om die analitiese effektiwiteit en kapasiteit te maksimaliseer. Die programme fokus daarop om diverse koringkultivars te produseer wat sal voldoen aan die hoofstroom asook nismark kwaliteitsbehoeftes in Suid-Afrika, deur sleutel karaktereienskappe soos: verhoogde opbrengspotensiaal, aanpasbaarheid, stabiliteit, strooisterkte, maal- en bakprestasie, asook siekteweerstand te verbeter.

Sensako bemark tans 19 kommersiële kultivars in al drie die produksie segmente naamlik die besproeiing-, winter- en Kaapse produksie-areas. Daar is boonop 'n totaal van onderskeidelik 9, 7 en 8 pre-kommersiële kultivars goedgekeur vir vrystelling in die besproeiing, winter en Kaapse produksie omgewings.

 

Applicable Legislation:

The Plant Breeders Rights Act 1976 (Act No. 15 of 1976)
http://www.dmkisch.com/index.php?cmd=sm&SubPage_ID=124
http://www.daff.gov.za/ then go to Legislation and Acts

The Plant Improvement Act 1976 (Act No. 53 of 1976)
http://www.daff.gov.za/ then go to Legislation and Acts

South Africa Variety List - Table 8
http://www.daff.gov.za/ then go to Publications, General Publications

Agricultural Pests Act 1983 (Act No. 36 of 1983)
http://www.daff.gov.za/ then go to Legislation and Acts

South Africa Plant Variety List
http://www.daff.gov.za/ then go to Publications, General Publications and then click on South African Variety List for Seed Crops
 

 

 


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