Q-Cumberland

General Information

  • The cucumber operation is based on a hydroponic method of production
  • The plants are grown hydroponically using clean washed river sand in 15 ltr black plastic growing bags.
  • These are grown under plastic shade netting in green houses/tunnels
  • Each plant is fed water and nutrients every hour through a computerized dripper system.
  • There are two crop seasons/rotations every year.
  • All production is delivered to both the JHB and Pretoria fresh produce markets with our own transport

 

Fixed Infrastructure

  • There are seven net tunnel structures on site covering about one hectare in area. Arial pic showing possible expansion options.
  • Each tunnel structure contains roughly 4,000 plants
  • There are roughly 28,000 plants at any given time
  • There are two computer-controlled irrigation pump stations to cover the operation. These consist of a main irrigation pump, computer controller, and mixing pump together with the six 5000 ltr bulk storage tanks each
  • A good strong borehole is the main supply of water to the entire farm operation and the Ashante Lodge complex
  • The water is of excellent quality with water analysis reports available
  • The weir on the river serves as backup water supply to the entire operation
  • There is a concrete holding reservoir on the hill that supplies gravity fed pressure water to the farm operations
  • There is a basic packing area and a number of storage facilities
  • There is an office with toilet and adjacent storage shed together with tractor shed and truck cover shelter
  • The staff housing area has quarters to accommodate about 20 staff
  • There is a nursery tunnel that has its own computerized irrigation system and water storage tank

Financials

  • There are roughly 28,000 plants, each produce between 10-12 cucumbers per season.
  • Each harvest period lasts for roughly 12 weeks
  • There are two seasons/rotations per annum. The total number of cucumbers produced is about 670,000 cucumbers per annum. Roughly 45,000 boxes.
  • Production is roughly 1800-3000 boxes per week during harvest, which equates to two to three trips to the market per week
  • Gross Turn Over: This yields a gross turn-over of about R2.7 million per annum, depending on the market price of cucumbers during the year.

 

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Address: On the R510 road, 25km from Lephalale, Farm Fancy 556LQ, Lephalale, 0555

Office hours: +267 72100379 or +267 71620039

Email: harald.swart@gmail.com