PGRO is a non statutory levy body which is the UK's centre of excellence for peas and beans. It has a long history and a well-earned reputation for stability and consistency - along with a track record of providing authoritative, up to date information and project work based on solid, reliable research.
In recent years, there has been considerable change in the way the PGRO operates, and the PGRO of today is considerably different to that of even ten years ago.
The PGRO aims to maintain its valued stability and consistency and, for the future, to project a modern organisation of continuing relevance for research partners, collaborators and commercial clients, as well as maintaining the confidence of staff and levy payers alike.
In the strategic review undertaken in 2014 the vision and mission of the organisation were confirmed:
“Our vision is to be the independent partner for applied crop research. To be acknowledged as the primary reference point for all aspects of temperate pulse and vegetable-legume crop production, marketing and economics”
To pursue the provision of current advice for growers, the realisation of improved crop yield, quality and economics. To facilitate open, accessible, reliable and relevant knowledge exchange. To develop progressive and innovative approaches towards crop research and development. To create and maintain extensive and close links with growers, processors, trade and fundamental researcher communities.
The PGRO is predominantly funded in three ways:
- Firstly, by receipt of levy paid by grower members, for 2015 harvest this will be charged at just £0.97 per tonne of produce sold.
- Secondly, the PGRO in consortia with other organisations competes for public funding for defined project support.
- Thirdly, PGRO Research Limited is owned by the PGRO and private and confidential commercial contract research is conducted through this limited company. Surpluses generated are returned to the charity for further research activities.
For several years, the organisation has been successful in developing these other funding streams and has been able to leverage the value of the growers levy by over 100% as a result. This means that grower members have long benefitted from research to more than twice the value of their levy contribution.
More detailed information and background can be found in the PGRO annual reports.
Roger Vickers, CEO