LANGBOOM GREENHOUSE AGRIBUSINESS GETS STARTED

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LANGBOOM GREENHOUSE AGRIBUSINESS GETS STARTED

This 3 year project was initiated in November last year 2013 to establish a greenhouse agribusiness to supply local and retail fresh produce market, to create jobs for members of the Nduli community on the outskirts of the town of Ceres in the Western Cape.

The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) procured Langboom, a butternut and pumpkin farm 2km east of the town of Ceres, for emerging farmers to start a farming business. A 1 hectare portion of land was allocated from Langoom for implementation of a greenhouse agribusiness.

This business in the 1st year has established 7 tunnels (2100 sqm) and plans to expand this to a total of 24 tunnels (7200 sqm) after 3 years. The business at the end of year 3 can support 16 full time jobs. There are currently 6 youth employed on the business, 5 have been graduated from the NARYSEC youth program. These youth will be trained and mentored over a 3 year period by a technical mentor ASNAPP in vegetable tunnel production and managing a greenhouse business. Employees that show dedication and good work ethic will have the option to become a shareholder in the greenhouse business.

The project will run parallel to the butternut and pumpkin farming activities which are expected to create a further 10 jobs. There has already been excellent collaboration between the beneficiaries of Langboom farm and the Nduli Intensive Horticticulture business.

Tomato and sugar snap peas are under production in the first 7 tunnels of the 1st phase of the project. The business will grow selected crops based on market demand. Fresh produce will intially be sold into the local market boosting food security of local households by increasing access to affordable high quality fresh produce. As the business grows in size it will look to supplying retailers.

• The business at its current size could product 2-3 tons of tomatoes per week during peak summer production and 50 tons tomatoes per year.

• The business at full size of 24 tunnels during peak summer production could produce 7-9 tons of tomatoes per week and 180 tons tomatoes per year.

 The project was opened by the Deputy Minister of DRDLR on the 6th May 2014.