Vegetable crops

BASF offers the growers of South Africa a multi-crop protection package that will suit all the key crops on their farm, including potatoes, tomatoes and onions.


In South Africa we grow mostly brown, white and purple(red) onions. Onions contain phenolics and flavonoids that have potential anti-inflammatory, anti-cholesterol, anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. Onions have been cultivated for more than 7000 years. The ancient Egyptians worshipped onions. Roman gladiators were rubbed down with onions to firm up their muscles.


South Africa's potato output has grown strongly over the past decades, from 1.2 million tonnes in 1990 to a record 2.5 million tonnes in 2015. In the same period, the potato farming area actually declined, from 63,000 ha to 52,000 ha. Most of the 532 farms growing potatoes (2017) are relatively large farms, increasingly under irrigation (now around 80%), with yields averaging around 34 tonnes per hectare.


Table tomatoes are one of the most cultivated crops in the world and there are several hundred varieties of tomato available. The fruit is rich in lycopene and Vitamin C. Tomatoes are used in various ways. Ripe tomatoes are consumed fresh and are also be fried or used in cooking. They are also sundried or processed into tomato sauce, puree, powder and soup or as canned tomatoes, chutney and jam.

The tomato is a perennial but grown as an annual plant grown for its fruits. It is a branching herbaceous plant with hairy, weak trailing stems. The leaves are hairy and vary in size. The plant bears yellow flowers in clusters. The fruits are round to lobed and they vary in size and colour, ranging from red to pink or yellow when ripe. The plant produces flat, slightly curved and hairy light brown seeds.

Vegetable portfolio

With its long-lasting activity inside and on the plant surface, Acrobat® WG ensures excellent preventive control of downy mildew before the disease can get a foothold on your vineyard.

The AgCelence® solution for sunflowers, gives you benefits above and beyond normal crop protection.

Kumulus® – a protectant fungicide for effective control of diseases and rust mite

An innovative fungicide with Initium® that meets consumers’ needs.

Focus® Ultra - An effective post-emergent herbicide for the control of annual and perennial grasses in soybeans.

Frontier® Optima – the widest spectrum herbicide in its class that controls pre-emergent weeds regardless of the weather.

BroadBand® – a fungal contact insecticide for the effective reduction of target insects on crops.

Hunter® 24 SC – Translaminar insecticide with stomach and contact activity for the control of potato tuber moth larvae in potatoes and red spider mite in tomatoes.