POMASA considers Research and Development as a compulsory investment for the Industry’s future – it is without no doubt that it is extremely important for all new crops in South Africa, such as pomegranates.
Research & Development is currently focussed on optimising of production practices, crop protection and Post-Harvest aspects. A few of the current projects are:
- Chemical breakdown trials for various chemicals are in process in order to initiate the registration of chemical remedies for application on pomegranates
- A Study to determine the optimal water need of pomegranates in South Africa
- Post-harvest chemical treatments and packaging of pomegranate fruit to reduce losses and maintain quality.
Research & Development work is continuing in all above mentioned aspects according to priority and availability of funding.