Due to its climate, tunnel farming has become the preferred choice amongst many growers in South Africa and is seen as a cost effective option to improve consistency. As apposed to places such as Europe, farmers in South Africa enjoy moderate climates, allowing farmers to grow all year without heating and sophisticated climate control.
Hydroponic farming utilizes growth medium other than soil, and delivers nutrient rich water directly to the plants. Hydroponic farming has seen steady growth and is fast becoming the preferred choice for growing in a controlled environment. The nature of hydroponics allows it to be stacked for maximum yield in minimum space. Typical farming provides one level solution, however with our innovative systems you cultivate crops on multiple levels to increase revenue potential.
• High quality produce at more frequent intervals compared to conventional farming. Growers enjoy 30% increased growth rates, resulting in quicker turn around.
• Quicker turn around times with no soil preparation,
• 85 % less water used compared to conventional farming,
• Soil borne diseases are eliminated or reduced,
• Large yields in small areas,
• Controlled environment,
• Reduced use of chemicals,
• Automated irrigation.
Our Vertical Farming NFT solution is designed to provide you with the capacity to cultivate 12 000 plants per 300m2.
The structure is comprised of hot galvanised steel and is planted straight into the ground with base plates. Thereafter prefab galvanised steel pipes complete the buildings. The flooring consists of weed mat, creating a smooth coated surface for ease of runoff of any water and prevention of dust and pests.
Steel pipes for the main construction are 42mm round tube uprights all round, the roof trusses are 42mm sections. Leg and roof struts range from 38mm (primary) to 32mm (secondary) support struts. All steel is specified with a 2mm wall thickness. The plastic for cladding is 200 Micron UVA diffused (3.5 year warranty). All poly is covered in a 20% white shade net for protection of the plastic from hail and excessive wind. The ends will feature a 40% grey shade net cladding with a sliding barn door system on each end.
Accommodation/Food/Travel for Staff: If no accommodation is available on the site, we will need to come up with a solution for all labour for the duration of the project. Decent facilities with ablutions, kitchen space with fridge/freezer, cooking area and a sleeping area should be established before commencement of the project. An additional food budget will be finalised according to time needed to be spent on site and added to the construction budget.
Land Preparation: Clearing and levelling of the all land must be completed prior to installation of greenhouse structure(s). The assembly site must be suitable, with requirements including but not limited to the assembly site being sufficiently level, safe, and clear of obstruction. Appropriate licences, permissions (including but not limited to planning permissions) and consents for the assembly & construction of the structures must be obtained beforehand and maintained for the life of the project. This is for the account of the client.
Machinery: Machinery may be added to the quote upon the clients’ request.
Connection to Electrical Supply: A clean and dedicated AC electrical supply is required for running the irrigation pumps and other electrical appliances. This will need to be carried out by a qualified electrician and is for the account of the client.
Water Supply: A constant, clean, and reliable water supply will need to be ensured to the site. In the event water quality is unsuitable, which can lead to equipment and/or crop failure, we can supply suitable water purification and management systems. Any extra water supply requirements will need to be budgeted for by the client. A water quality test (ECpH) and flow rate (litres/hour) from your water source(s) need to be carried out for your site are expected to be established before the installation of the irrigation and fertigation systems.
On-Site Security & Insurance: The Products will be become the clients’ responsibility from the time of delivery. We do not provide security for materials and any security arrangements are for the account of the client. It is recommended that the client takes out insurance for their structures against theft and “acts of god”.
Custom Hydroponic System
We are offering custom hydroponic solution tailored for your needs. Every setup is customized to your requirement, climate, weather conditions, etc. Feel free to get a quote