Overview

Overview

Location

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Technology

Large-scale polyhouse

Crop Type

Peppers

Size

12 hectares production and on-site nursery

SUMMARY

Project summary

In 2020, Emseni decided to expand their greenhouse operation by 3 hectares, bringing the total size to 12 hectares. Their goal was to become the largest pepper producer in the region. And our job was to help them achieve this dream by building an efficient, large-scale polyhouse that would guarantee record yields of top-quality peppers, 365 days a year.

What we did

After designing a cutting-edge solution that would deliver continuous, profitable, and sustainable growing conditions, we broke ground in early 2020 – just as worldwide lockdowns began to disrupt supply chains and construction works. Despite these challenges, we successfully completed the project on time and within budget. The result? In less than 12 months, the polyhouse was operational and producing high quality peppers for the local market – ensuring that Emseni could meet and exceed their targets for 2021 and beyond.

Our end-to-end solution included:

 

  • Bespoke polyhouse design
  • Irrigation system design
  • 6MW heating system design
  • On-site nursery design
  • Fully integrated climate and irrigation control
  • Project execution
  • Agronomical planning and support
  • After-sales technical support

Results Achieved

>10 years

Continuous supply of peppers, for more than a decade using advanced, reliable technology designed by Vegtech Netafim.

~17,000 tons

Fresh peppers produced to date, with updated capacity of more than 3000 tons per year.

>30kg

Yields per m².

~35%

Water reduction  due to a closed-cycle irrigation sytem that captures rainwater and irrigation run-off, disinfects, and then mixes with borehole water.

Dietmar Joosten

“Vegtech Netafim has been a true partner in the success of our business. From the beginning, when we were starting out, and now as we push the boundaries of the industry in South Africa, they have always had the solutions and experience needed to support our ambitions.”

Dietmar Joosten
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