The Chief Executive Officer: Dr Shadrack Moephuli
Agricultural Research Council (ARC) Central Office.
P.O.Box 8783, Pretoria 0001.
(1134 Park Street, Hatfield, Pretoria).

Marketing and Communication
Mr Sipho Mokgoatlheng

Tel: (012) 427 9700. Email: Fax: 012-4305814.



The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) was established by the Agricultural Research Act 86 of 1990 (as amended) and is the principal agricultural research institution in South Africa. It is a schedule 3A public entity in terms of the Public Finance Management Act 1 of 1999, as amended by Act 29 of 1999.

The Agricultural Research Act sets out the objectives of the ARC as “conducting of research, development and technology transfer in order to:


“In accordance with the need to focus on national development priorities, the ARC conducts agricultural research and development and drives technology development and dissemination in order to:

Based on the foregoing, the ARC’s vision, mission and values have been formulated to provide overall direction and inspiration in meeting and exceeding its objectives.


“Excellence in agricultural research and development”
The ARC’s vision reflects its core business and celebrates its unique role, acknowledging its position as the principal agricultural research institution in South Africa. This vision is underpinned by the ARC’s mission


“The Agricultural Research Council is a premier science institution that conducts research with partners, develops human capital and fosters innovation to support and develop the agricultural sector.”
The organisation performs its functions throughout South Africa and beyond its borders through the following programmes:

  • Crop production, improvement and protection;
  • Animal health, production and improvement;
  • Natural resources management;
  • Mechanisation and engineering;
  • Agro-processing, food technology and safety;and
  • Smallholder agricultural development;
  • Agricultural economics and commercialisation; and
  • Training and extension.
  • At the following institutes:

    ARC at Silverton
    141 Cresswell Road, Silverton
    Tel: 012 842 4000

    ARC at Arcadia
    600 Belvedere Street, Arcadia, Pretoria
    Tel: 012 310 2500

    ARC at Rodeplaat 1
    KwaMhlanga / Moloto Road R573, Pretoria
    Tel: 012 841 9611

    ARC at Rodeplaat 2
    KwaMhlanga/Moloto Road R573, Pretoria
    Tel: 012 808 8000

    ARC at Nelspruit
    River Street, Nelspruit/Mbombela
    Tel: 013 753 7000

    ARC at Stellenbosch
    Klapmuts Road R44, Stellenbosch
    Tel: 021 809 3100

    ARC at Potchefstroom
    114 Chris Hanistreet
    Tel: 018 299 6100

    ARC at Bethlehem
    11km on the Lindley Road R76, Bethlehem
    Tel: 058 307 3400

    ARC at Rustenburg
    Waterkloof Road, Kroondal, Rustenburg Tel: 014 536 3150

    ARC at Ondersterpoort
    100 Old Soutpan Rd, Onderstepoort
    Tel: 012 529 9111

    ARC at Irene
    Old Olifantsfontein Road, Irene
    Tel: 012 672 9111


    The ARC’s values define a citizen-oriented approach to producing and delivering its services in line with the Batho-Pele principles, and the key behavioural attributes which underpin the value system reflect an organisation which strives to “maak-n-plan” by finding solutions to agricultural challenges.

    The people of the ARC plan to deliver their strategy while working within the framework of the following TARGET values:

    Truth: Incorporates honesty and integrity. The ARC shall conduct its business in a transparent and ethical way towards its employees, stakeholders and shareholders;

    Accountability: Incorporates responsibility and transparency. The ARC shall accept responsibility and accountability with respect to employee well-being, occupational health and safety (OHS), environmental sustainability and agriculture;

    Respect: Includes equity, diversity, integrity and dignity. We shall conduct our business with integrity, respect for our colleagues, clients and stakeholders;

    Growth: Includes equity, rewards and recognition. The ARC shall ensure equity in terms of race, gender, creed, fair treatment, training and development to all its employees, stakeholders and shareholder;

    Excellence: Incorporates empowerment and innovation. The ARC strives to conduct R&D in an efficient, effective, professional and accountable manner; and

    Trust: Includes ethics and transparency. We shall ensure and foster trust among our employees, stakeholders and shareholder.