The SAMAC Nursery Accreditation Scheme has evolved and SAMAC has aligned itself with the Seedling Growers’ Association of South Africa (SGASA). One of the main drivers of this is due to SAMAC moving out from under the Subtrop umbrella where SAMAC will function as a stand-alone entity from 1 March 2018. SAMAC also recognised the need for a more uniform accreditation scheme to increase the credibility of SAMAC Nurseries. SGASA’s Certification Scheme aims to (i) promote good nursery practices, (ii) ensure legislative requirements are met and (iii) recognise nurseries that are excelling in our industry.
All SAMAC nurseries wishing to partake in this initiative were required to become SGASA members by 01st November 2017 and thereafter undergo a successful SGASA audit within 12 months from membership date. SGASA will independently advise SAMAC of audit results for publication of qualifying nurseries by SAMAC. Various nurseries have already been audited by SGASA. Due to this change-over process, we will publish a list of SAMAC Nursery Members as well as Nurseries that have already passed their SGASA audits. SAMAC recommends buying from SGASA-accredited nurseries, but recognises that it will take several months for all nurseries to undergo audits. SAMAC does not accept any responsibility for nursery trees and it is the responsibility of the grower/purchaser to inspect the trees prior to delivery.
In summary, SAMAC encourages members to buy nurseries from SGASA-accredited nurseries and if that is not possible, to support the nurseries below that are in the process of becoming SGASA-accredited. Always inspect trees before ordering to ensure that the quality is acceptable because remember a tree is an investment that needs to support you for several decades!