Overview of Organisation

Limpopo AgroFood Technology Station (LATS) was established to achieve the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), within the context of the National Development Plans (NDP) Framework. LATS is funded by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and housed at the University of Limpopo (UL), Turfloop Campus. LATS serves as a TIA connector in the Limpopo Province that catalyses partnerships between SMEs, industries and Universities to develop an enabled supporting agro-processing innovation for global competitiveness.

LATS reduces barriers of access to expensive high-end skills and equipment for agro-processing innovators by supporting technology-based agro-food processing products, processes and services through research and development (R&D) and facilitating the development and improvement of agro-processing, technology innovation and commercialization of agro-food products by startups and existing small and micro-entrepreneurs in Limpopo Province.

Technology Competencies and Offerings:

  • Food product testing and analysis;
  • New product development;
  • Product and process improvement;
  • Research and development; and 
  • Technology audit and training
Assistance Areas Offered
Business Planning/Modelling
Product Development
Prototype Development
Product Design and Development
Product Assembly and Packaging
Specialization Sector/s
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Human health and social work activities
FoodTech and Food Science