Sakata Bursary 2024

About Sakata

Sakata is a subsidiary of Sakata Seed Corporation – an international horticultural seed company in Japan with its regional Head Office in France. The company represents and is currently empowering its footprint in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Known for its “PASSION in Seed”, Sakata is an ISO 9001 accredited company within South Africa, which aims to employ highly qualified professionals that are passionate about vegetable production, commerce, and marketing. For this reason, Sakata offers a variety of opportunities for local and international individuals.

MayFord Seeds Ltd. was one of the most diverse and oldest vegetable seed companies in South Africa that dealt with professional vegetable, seed production, hobby packet seed, vegetable breeding programs, turf and flower seed, and specially curated products for the home garden market. In the late 1960s, MayFord was the only distributor of high-quality Sakata’s products in South Africa.

In December 1999, Japan’s Sakata Seed Corporation of Yokohama acquired MayFord Seeds. Today, Sakata is one of the largest seed production groups in the world with comprehensive global research programs in flower and vegetable seeds.

On April 1, 2008, MayFord Seeds changed its name to Sakata Seed Southern Africa Ltd. The company has a reputation for taking a responsible, meticulous, and scientific approach to production research and technical support. Sakata is one of the largest producers and suppliers of high-quality onion, carrot, beetroot, and bunching onion seeds for the global Sakata group.

Sakata Seed Southern Africa is certified as per the ISO 9001 Quality Management System, ensuring customers of their highest quality products, diversity, consistency, nutritional value, and excellent service.

In July 2023, Sakata Seed Corporation celebrated its 110th Anniversary.

Sakata has launched bases in various locations globally such as Sakata Seed Argentina S.A. and Sakata Vietnam Co., Ltd. to consistently deliver seeds to over 170 countries.

Sakata Bursary

Sakata Bursary 2024

Sakata invites students who are passionate about a career in agriculture to apply for their bursary program for the academic year 2024. Bursaries are eligible for Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees in the Agriculture sector specifically for the following fields:

  • Plant Breeding
  • Agronomy
  • Bioinformatics

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Sakata Bursary 2024, students must fulfill the below-given criteria:

  • Must study in either of the fields listed above
  • Must be studying at an accredited and recognized University in South Africa
  • Must be entering the second or higher year of study, up to Masters level

How to Apply?

Go to the following link and download the Sakata Bursary Application form:

Sakata Bursary Application Form 2024

Attach clear copies of the essential documents along with the completed application form.

Documents Required

Attach the following documents along with the complete application form. Incomplete or missing documents will result in your application being disqualified.

  • Certified copy of your ID document
  • Full Academic Records (on the letterhead of the institution)
  • Registration proof or university acceptance proof (on the letterhead of the institution)
  • Motivation letter that answers the following questions:
    • What aspect of Agriculture interests you most?
    • Upon successful completion of studies, which career or careers are you most interested in following? Please list your preferred career direction or directions.
    • Information regarding any community service in which you had participated.

Closing Date

The last date for submission of the application is 27 October 2023. Only on-time applications will be accepted.

Contact details

For any queries related to the Sakata Bursary, you can contact the following:

WhatsApp: +27 60 041 2621
Tel: + 27 (0) 11 548 2800
Fax: +27 (0) 11 548 2820

Helpline: 0861 100 458


You can send a message to Sakata via the Contact Page

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