About Us


The South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI) is a world renowned agricultural research institute at the forefront of a thriving sugar industry. Research at SASRI is clustered within four multidisciplinary programmes, namely Variety Improvement, Crop Protection, Crop Performance & Management, and Systems Design & Optimisation.

An Extension Service provides the essential link between researchers and sugarcane farmers. SASRI also offers a range of services including fertiliser advice, disease diagnoses and education courses.

"Our vision is to be a world class sugarcane research institute delivering relevant technology and facilitating implementation of innovative solutions for a sustainable industry."

Our Values

Customer focusWe believe in excellent service delivery through a strategic and proactive approach.

Research culture: We value a climate of creativity, innovation and national and international co-operation. We embrace a research ethos that includes honesty and integrity in all interactions.

People centered: We are committed to empowering people through participation. We attach a great value to diversity of background and thinking and are dedicated to the development of potential.

Our Purpose



Develop and deliver new sugarcane varieties providing increased economic returns.



Conduct research to advance sugarcane nutritional, agronomic and engineering technology.



Provide services to support sugarcane farming best management practices.


Product Development

Transform research outputs into practical knowledge and technology products.


Technology Adoption

Facilitate the adoption of technology and best management practices that encourage responsible, sustainable and profitable land use.



Generate new ideas to enlarge the scope of sugarcane agriculture and sustain the industry into the future.


In 1925, leaders of the SA sugar industry were prompted to established their own Experiment Station. The main reason for doing so was the need to introduce and select more productive and disease resistant varieties for the industry. At the time, the sugarcane disease, mosaic, posed a serious threat to the industry, as many promising varieties under test proved to be susceptible to the disease.

Dr WE Cross, Director of the Tucuman Research Station in Argentina, advised the SA industry not to rely on the inadequate number of government employed agricultural scientists working on several different crops, but to employ its own scientists in different disciplines to concentrate exclusively on sugarcane.

Management Team

Research Manager
Operations Manager
Human Resources Manager
Finance & Admin Manager
Extension & Biosecurity Manager
Knowledge Manager
Programme Manager: Crop Performance & Management
Programme Manager: Crop Protection
Programme Manager: Systems Design & Optimisation
Programme Manager: Variety Improvement
Resource Manager: Breeding & Field Unit
Resource Manager: Crop Biology Resource Centre
Resource Manager: Diagnostic & Analytical Resource Unit
Resource Manager: Extension & Biosecurity
Resource Manager: Plant & Environment Resource Centre