WHO WE ARE

Dr Mike Barrow [BSc, MSc, PhD -University of Natal] worked as a Maize Breeder for Pannar for 37 years. His numerous hybrids are undoubtedly the most sold in Africa, within the small scale sector. He has developed hybrids in all maturities groups, from ultra-quick (3 series) to ultra-long (9 series for Kenyan highlands). He pioneered a MSV screening protocol for maize inbreds and hybrids for more than three decades. In his spare time, he is an avid indigenous nurseryman and landscape artist.

Christopher Volbrecht [BSc Agric (Hons) Animal Sci & Genetics (UP); Masters- Agricultural Economics (Sydney)]. An agricultural commodity trader (CBOT, SAFEX Futures and Physical trading) in both Australian (for ECOM Commodities) and South African (for FR Waring) markets. He also consulted in the grain milling and feedlotting sectors. More recently he has worked as a Country Manager for Pannar South Africa’s subsidiaries, (Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique), as well as developing the Botswana retail and commercial markets. His interests include spearfishing, canoeing and travel.

 

Mike Jackson [BSc Agric (Hons) Ag Econ & Crop Science, UKZN], worked at Pannar for 7 years, and was their Business Development Manager for Africa- working in Angola, Cameroon, Ghana, DRC Congo, French Congo, Madagascar, but also contributed Tanzania in their retail sector growth and commercial farmer sector development. In his earlier years, he managed Lesotho and Swaziland subsidiaries, in addition to servicing Zambia’s commercial farmer sector. Prior  to working at Pannar, he worked for another South African seed company, Link Seed, where he developed his technical experience in Maize and Soybean breeding and research management. Mike is a keen canoeist, wildlife enthusiast and family man.

Etienne van Rooyen [ B.Tech Animal Production- Pretoria] Businessman, farmer, forester, rare game breeder; he has a passion for all things adventurous. Etienne’s hobbies include Squash (local club champion), Deep-sea Angling and Hunting.

 

OWNERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

Directors
MW Jackson [BSc (Agric) Agribusiness Management and Crop Science (UKZN)]
ER van Rooyen [B.Tech: Animal Production (Pretoria)]
CR Volbrecht [BSc (Agric) Animal Sci. & Genetics (UP); Master of Ag. Econ. (Sydney)]

Managers
Dr M Barrow - Research
MW Jackson - Development
ER van Rooyen - Station Manager
CR Volbrecht- Operations

Personnel
Shobane Zulu – Research Technician
Wiseman Gwala – Assistant Research Technician
Thuso Seleso – Production Foreman
Thabiso Sethajane – Production Assistant
Moolosi Seleso – Production Assistant
Joshua Matabese – Driver
Lebusa Mahase – Driver