As the UK's centre of excellence for peas and beans, the PGRO has a long and highly valued track record of providing authoritative, up to date information and project work based on solid, reliable research.
The PGRO is a non statutory levy body supported by our grower members, the UK trade and also by a substantial amount of outside funding for our research work. This is carried out both on our own and in partnership with UK, European and worldwide research and commercial organisations.
We are proud of our stability and consistency over the years. As a forward-looking organization, the PGRO team will continue to develop our services to the benefit of our levy payers as well as our research-based and commercial partners.
In the strategic review undertaken in 2014, PGRO’s vision and mission 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.”
The PGRO is predominantly funded in three ways:
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 report.
UK levy paying growers are automatically considered members of the PGRO and can access the information and services of the PGRO free of charge.
Other organisations and individuals can also access the PGRO research and advisory services by paying to join as associate members. Associate membership enquiries are always welcome. Contact PGRO for details.