Ornamental Plants is doing innovative, need-driven, environment friendly
research, technology development and technology transfer on potatoes,
vegetables (hydroponic production as well as indigenous vegetables) and
indigenous flowers. Research is aimed at both the commercial and
developing agricultural sector. This Division has
established a proud record of service to the agricultural industry and a
large number of the potato and vegetable cultivars planted in South
Africa at present, have been developed by this Division. The improvement
of indigenous ornamental plants has also received a great deal of
attention, as has indigenous vegetable crops, natural products and
indigenous medicinal plants. The Vegetable and Ornamental Plants
Division is also a recognised roleplayer in the field of plant
Training courses on vegetable production,
including potato, sweetpotato, indigenous and medicinal plants for
resource poor farmers, were developed by this Division. These range from
basic courses, dealing with the basic principles of vegetable
production, to more advanced courses.
Division was established in 1949 when the Roodeplaat farm was bought.
The head office of the Division is situated about 25 km north of central
Pretoria, on the Moloto/KwaMhlanga(R573) road;
GPS coordinates: 25,56S;28,35E. The farm covers approximately 4 000 ha, of which only 650 ha is irrigable land.
ARC-Roodeplaat Vegetable and Ornamental PlantsPrivate Bag x 293Pretoria0001
Tel: +27 (0)12 808 8000Fax: +27 (0)12 808 0844E-Mail:
KwaMhlanga / Moloto road (R573)RoodeplaatPretoria District