SAMAC Membership

AN INTEGRATED ASSOCIATION

The recent restructuring of SAMAC’s funding has taken place to ensure that membership contributions are fair and that handlers contribute to a greater extent. Going forward, SAMAC hopes to achieve better cooperation between growers, handlers and other role players in the interests of a more sustainable and profitable industry.

SAMAC AND SUBTROP

SAMAC, together with the SA Avocado, Litchi and Mango Growers’ Associations is a member of the SA Subtropical Growers’ Association (Subtrop).

Membership of Subtrop allows for efficient use of resources through sharing of management, administrative and extension services.

SAMAC

SAMAC is an association of macadamia industry role-players that aims to do things that individuals are unable to do on their own.

Macadamia production in South Africa is growing steadily due to large plantings in the past few years. A strong and effective SAMAC is viewed as an important component of the future success of the macadamia industry. The underlying philosophy of the association is the view that, in the long term, what is good for the industry is good for the individual.

IN A NUTSHELL

SAMAC is your association and is committed to providing cost effective services to its members by doing things on behalf of the industry that individuals are not able to achieve on their own.

Sending brochures containing information on nut specifications to local nut traders and retailers.

Developing a SAMAC quality logo which will be linked to a consumer campaign educating people about macadamia nuts – how to recognise a quality nut, health benefits and ways to use macadamia nuts.

OVERSEAS CONSUMER AND TRADE AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS

SAMAC supports NUCIS, a German-based organisation that promotes nuts in Germany.

SAMAC is collaborating with other macadamia producing countries to co-fund clinical trials to determine specific health benefits linked to macadamia
consumption.

HANDLERS’ FORUM

Handlers (processors and consolidators of nut in shell) are an important link in the value chain. SAMAC convenes the handlers’ forum to assist handlers in addressing matters of common interest to the benefit of the industry.

Through the Handlers’ Forum, SAMAC is able to compile crop estimates and other statistics which enable handlers to make better marketing decisions to the grower’s benefit.

THE VALUE OF SAMAC MEMBERSHIP

With your contribution to SAMAC, you are assisting the industry as a whole with the benefit of the following valuable services:

  • Research
  • Extension services
  • Increasing consumer awareness of macadamias
  • Clinical research to determine the health benefits of macadamias
  • Representing the industry on government and international forums

ADDING VALUE THROUGH RESEARCH

Good technical research forms the foundation of production of high yields of good quality nuts. As a member of SAMAC you have funded or are currently
funding the following research:

  • Integrated management of insect pests, most notably, stinkbugs, but also thrips
  • New, more effective methods of stinkbug control
  • Pre and post-harvest factors influencing kernel quality
  • Nut set, retention and yield
  • Phytophthora and Pythium control
  • Accurate determination of irrigation requirements
  • Alternative methods of pest and disease control
  • New cultivar development

EXTENSION SERIVCES

As a result of SAMAC’s participation in Subtrop, there are extension officers serving all of the major production regions from Soutpansberg in the north all the way to KZN in the south. Subtrop has 6 extension officers in service, as well as a technical manager which constitutes a large pool of expertise and will ensure continuity in years to come.

Extension officers operate mainly through study groups, but do make individual farm visits on request. Technical information is also disseminated through the In a Nutshell newsletter and symposia.

For your convenience, technical information is available in the members’ section of the SAMAC website www.samac.org.za

Your extension officers form part of the following committees to keep them up to date on the latest knowledge and expertise:

  • Stinkbug Committee
  • Research Committee
  • Regional Technical Committees

SAMAC, together with its affiliated nurseries, has launched a nursery rating system based on a code of good practice to ensure that quality nursery trees are produced.

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