South African Sugar Industry Agronomists’Association (SASIAA)

Exchanging Knowledge on Sugarcane Agronomy!

SAIAA SASIAA is a voluntary association existing under the auspices of  the South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI), and whose membership is open to all who qualify in terms of its constitution.

Objectives

SASIAA aims to promote the development and application of the science of sugarcane agronomy in Southern Africa by creating opportunities for the free exchange of relevant ideas, knowledge and information between members. We maintain records of various field trial reports and make these available to members.

Members

There are currently 200 SAIAA members. All members have tertiary qualifications, most have an agronomic background and most are involved in sugarcane agronomic research.
Prospective members must use the SASIAA Membership Application Form.

The following member organisations contribute to the Association:
South African Sugarcane Research Institute
Zimbabwe Sugar Association Experiment Station
Triangle Sugar Estates
Hippo Valley Sugar Estate
Sucoma Sugar Company
Swaziland Sugar Association Extension Services
Royal Swazi Sugar Corporation
Simunye Mhlume Sugar Company
Ubombo Ranches, Swaziland (Illovo)

Annual Symposia

Symposia are held annually and field excursions are arranged when appropriate.
The most recent symposium was held on 24 October 2018 under the theme: Soil Acidity, Compaction and Soil Health.
Presentations are availbale below.

  1. Subsoil acidity and its management
    Dr Louis Titshall, SASRI Senior Soil Scientist
  2. Soil Organic Matter and its management for optimum production
    Guest speaker: Dr Alan Manson, Cedara Senior Soil Scientist
  3. Soil compaction: its occurrence and management
    Dr R van Antwerpen, SASRI Senior Soil Scientist
  4. Controlled traffic and its impact on sugarcane production
    Dr Peter Tweddle, SASRI Agricultural Engineer
  5. Improved soil health and its impact on sugarcane yields
    Guest speaker: Egon Schulz, Midlands sugarcane grower

Contact us
For all queries, contact Vasie Naidoo on 031 508 7403 or email agronassoc@sugar.org.za .