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Research Report 2014/2015

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Introduction


The PRF Board gratefully noted the progress in various fields, such as canola, although soybeans were limited mainly due to factors beyond our control. The changing conditions, especially based on increased attempts of various international companies with a presence in South Africa, as well as other innovations, convinced the PRF Board to convene a think tank in 2014, to ensure that the PRF would align itself as best as possible in view of the changing circumstances and to avail itself of opportunities that arise, especially to achieve the new targets that the PRF set for 2020.

The final retirement of Dr M Griessel in May 2014, the resignation of Mr JSG Joubert from all committees effective from 1 January 2014 (both founder members of the PRF in 1990), the death of Mr Frans Potgieter on 3 July 2014 and Prof RM Gous' resignation as member of the Technology Committee, also required an adjustment of responsibilities, carefully considered to prepare for the next five years. In addition, it was clear that the celebratory functions in view of the PRF's 25th anniversary would place significant pressure on Board members and staff.

However, the final results of several PRF actions justified sincere gratitude at the end of 2014/15.

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