Hydroponics is the production of vegetables in state-of-the-art, temperature-controlled, multi-span tunnels. The structures being used are richelle multi-spans, which come complete with computer temperature sensors, automatic opening and closing vents, automatic misting units and temperature controlled fans. The advantages of growing in high-tech tunnels are:
- faster, longer growth
- harvest labour reduced by 80%
- harvest time reduced, and by doing so:
- decrease loss in weight gain
- eliminate weight loss from shock
- allow greater yield per plant
- provide optimum temperature for plant growth
FynbosFarm’s first line of production will be tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. The farm will have the capacity sufficient to produce in excess of 2 550 000 kg of vegetables per year.
The company’s outdoor horticultural aspects include the production of 30ha of instant lawn. The company will sell between 20 – 25ha per annum.
Research and development
The company will seek contact with local and international companies in order to learn about and acquire new hybrids of vegetables that are hardier and grow faster in our local climate. These and other available species and systems will be constantly tracked. In addition to the above, the company will seek contacts at universities and researchers that are involved in greens, and will continue the quest for the best flavoured, large, and firm vegetable throughout the year.
Future product plans
In the future the company would like to explore the possibility of flower production. FynbosFarm believes this to be a high revenue venture, which, if successful, could become our number one endeavour.
We are also considering the production of bananas. Currently there is a huge shortage of bananas, and the selling price has been above average for the past 2 years.