Product Control for Agriculture (Prokon) is a non-profit company in terms of the Companies Act, No. 71 of 2006 that renders a comprehensive quality assurance, product management and grading service to the South African fresh produce industry. These activities include independent statutory quality inspections as assignee of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform for the past 26 years. Our inspections are carried out in accordance with the Agricultural Product Standards Act, No. 119 of 1990, together with the relevant product regulations.
In addition to the aforementioned Prokon conducts sampling, grading and verification inspections for international food safety companies, renders a quality assurance inspection to the retail trade, on fresh produce markets as well as on imported fruits and vegetables.
Our additional services also include quality and inspection training to the local fresh produce industry and their controlling bodies and new producers. These services are also extended to neighbouring countries.
To render an even more valuable services PROKON is in the final stages of obtaining international accreditation (ISO 17020) with the South African Accreditation System (SANAS).
To establish standards for and exercise control over the quality of agricultural produce to enhance local and foreign marketing
The delivery of a comprehensive cost-effective service to the agricultural industry in South Africa through:
• A quality assurance service on fresh produce
• A quality and advisory service for the trade
• Maintaining a grading, counselling and training program
• Promoting food safety and hygiene
• A statistical information system with relevant information to producers and other stakeholders
• Solving the problems of producers, buyers, consumers, processors, and packers
• Spreading a positive image of the fresh produce industry
• Integrity: Internal (colleagues) and external (clients)
• Professional conduct and expertise
Board of Directors
The current Prokon board of directors comprise of:
Garnet Leonard (Chairperson) - Farmer
Stanley de Lange (Vice-chairperson) - Market agent
Rudi Heinlein - Farmer
Johannes Tsotetsi - Market management representative
Prokon is active on all fresh produce markets and currently has 21 quality controllers in its employ to provide the services offer by the company. To assist the inspectors in the execution of the duties the company employs 24 assistants. To ensure that the administration of the company and the maintenance of the data base receive the necessary attention the duties have been assigned to a designated administrative officer.
The minimum qualification for Prokon quality controllers must at least have a National Diploma in Agriculture. They also receive regular in-service training and are subjected to appropriate technical examinations. This ensures a proper understanding of all fresh produce, the effects of different physiological defects, insects and other pests on the quality of produce, and other critical factors such as transport, packaging and time delays. The training of Prokon staff not only provides for the evaluation, classification and product management of potatoes, but also for other products sold on the market.
Prokon has offices on all the major fresh produce markets in South Africa.
Posbus 24026, Gezina, 0031
Tel: 012 325 4579 | Fax: 012 325 4585
PO Box 151, Watertower, 4073
Tel: 031 465 3831 | Fax: 031 465 3831
Posbus 86023, City Deep, 2049
Tel: 011 613 3938 | Fax: 011 613 3939
Posbus 1001, Eppingdust, 7475
Tel: 021 531 7311 | Fax: 021 531 7611
PO Box 1250, Kimberley, 8300
Tel: 083 422 2318 | Fax: 053 832 3505
Posbus 10838, Klerksdorp, 2570
Tel: 018 469 2616 | Fax: 018 469 2616
Posbus 10076, Nelspruit, 1200
Tel: 013 744 3690 | Fax: 013 744 3690
Posbus 12070, Amalinda, 5252
Tel: 043 745 2181 | Fax: 043 745 2181
24A O'Brienstraat, Prestbury, 3201
Tel: 033 386 2461 | Fax: 033 386 2461
Mosselweg 9, Uitenhage, 6232
Tel: 041 461 1274 | Fax: 041 461 1274
Posbus 230, Pietersfield, 1566
Tel: 011 815 6202 | Fax: 011 815 6202
Posbus 731, Welkom, 9460
Tel: 057 396 3107 | Fax: 057 396 3107
Posbus 11845, Universitas, Bloemf, 9321
Tel: 051 433 1379 | Fax: 051 433 1379
Coneroll Place 10, Palmstraat, Drie Riviere, Poskantoor, 1929
Tel: 016 451 3824 | Fax: 016 451 3824