Nickerson-Zwaan in South Africa
Nickerson-Zwaan expanded its presence into the African continent by establishing its own subsidiary in South Africa on 30 October, 2006. This was realised by the acquisition of Ferax Seeds (Pty) Ltd. Ferax Seeds was founded in 1996 as a Nickerson-Zwaan distribution company and became one of the leaders in this area in South Africa. This acquisition was founded on a very good relationship over the years.
In earlier years Ferax Seeds was mainly active in greenhouse and salad crops. In 1998, it began distributing a range of crops for another Limagrain company: Vilmorin of France (especially carrot). In July 2006 the range of Harris Moran (USA), also a Limagrain Group member, was added.
Nowadays, the name of Nickerson-Zwaan South Africa is associated with high quality long and short cucumbers, carrots, peppers, tomato, cabbage, lettuce and a wide range of other crops including herbs. Other strong areas of interest are beans, squash, pumpkins and most recently onions. Good progress has been made in expanding sales in the vegetable seed market in recent years.
As a distribution company, the focus at Nickerson-Zwaan SA is on quality of seeds and service, plus excellent technical support. The Head Office is currently situated near Lanseria, Gauteng to provide sales back-up countrywide. Currently about fifteen members of staff are employed in sales and operational duties, with permanent representation via our own representatives and agents in the major production areas. All field staff have practical experience in vegetable growing, and it is our policy to only employ suitably qualified field personnel.
We are proud of the expertise built up over the past years, and we will continue to concentrate on what we do best – looking after the interests of professional vegetable growers.