Category: Farming Business

Start an Aeroponic Farming Business

We’ve looked at niche farming techniques before such as Aquaponic Farming, Hydroponic Farming, and Vertical Farming in general. Now Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil or an aggregate medium. Aeroponics differs from both conventional hydroponics and aquaponics growing. Unlike hydroponics, which uses a liquid nutrient solution as a growing medium and essential minerals to sustain plant growth, or aquaponics, which uses water and fish poop, aeroponics is […]

Start a Saffron Farming Business

At around “R200000 per kg (R200/g)” saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. Saffron farming is the cultivation of saffron. Saffron is mainly used as a spice but also used in cosmetics and medicine and as a leather dye. At the saffron cultivation, saffron is collected from the blossoms of Crocus sativus (Iridaceae), commonly known as saffron crocus or saffron bulbs. It is propagated by bulbs called corms. Each corm forms new bulbs, […]

Start a Contract Chicken Growing Business

Contract chicken farming is the “growing” part of a vertically integrated chicken business that is popular in the US, you have to read this page first for context. A chicken “grower” raises day-old chicks to slaughter age/weight on behalf of an “integrator” – a vertically integrated chicken business. This contract is different from an offtake agreement or a futures contract because from the day they are born to the day they are slaughtered and sold […]

Start a Vertically Integrated Chicken Business

Today we are looking at the American “integrator” business model and ask can this be adapted to small business in South Africa? Chicken is an affordable food and an important source of protein and with consumption increasing, it is in theory a good business with lots of demand. Yet South Africa has one of the least efficient poultry industries in the world – even billion rand companies with enormous economies of scale cannot compete with […]

Pig Farming Business Models

Pigs, how can something so hideous be so delicious. Who knows? I’ve spoken about the pig farming business before and I just shared my views on farming in South Africa, and how difficult it is but there are ways to increase your success as a small business by aligning your abilities with your business model. Starting a Business When you start a business, you start out by studying the business, its supply chain, and the […]

Should You Start a Farming Business in South Africa?

Today we are looking at the farming industry, starting with looking at should you farm in South Africa, then some pig farming business models later and then integrated chicken farming which is a popular poultry business model in the US. So stay tuned (or come back) for that. Should You Farm in South Africa? TL;DR If you want a quick (and safe) way to make lots of money you shouldn’t farm. This is not a […]

Start a Vertical Farming Business

Vertical farming is the practice of growing crops in vertically stacked layers. I have covered two of the techniques used in vertical farming before hydroponics and aquaponics. Today I will look at it as a general farming technique. I have been following the vertical farming industry for a while now and it is still in its very early stages from a commercial farming perspective. It reminds me of the early days of the renewable energy […]

Start an Aquaponic Farming Business

I previously discussed hydroponics, chicken and fish farming. Today I will discuss a business that can incorporate all three! We discussed hydroponics before, which is a method of growing plants without soil, using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. My concern with traditional hydroponics has always been the expense of the nutrient solutions. Today we look at aquaponics which is a system that combines hydroponics and conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, […]

Start a Compost and Fertiliser Manufacturing & Supply Business

Compost and fertiliser is used in gardening and farming: compost to feed the soil and fertilizer to feed the plants. Start your own business manufacturing compost & fertiliser. Compost Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed in a process called composting. This process recycles various organic materials – otherwise regarded as waste products – and produces a soil conditioner that is rich in nutrients. Most popular types of compost The most common types of […]

Start a Seed Company

South Africa is a large producer of seeds in Africa. Despite the high competition, seed production is still a promising business to get into for the small business owner. What is a seed company? Basically, a seed company is a company that produces and sells seeds for Fruit; Vegetables; Flowers Moreover, there are other seeds to grow. In particular, there is a high demand for other seeds which can be eaten: flax seeds; poppy seeds; sesame […]

Start a Hydroponic Farm Business

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil, using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. This business grows and sells plants, vegetables, grass, and other forms of greenery to businesses and individuals. Hydroponic Gardening – Grow Organic Plants Fast Hydroponic Gardening In this video we talk about hydroponics and how you can grow crops such as lettuce fast and easy. This gardening method is changing the world and how they grey plants and vegetables. […]

Start Your Own Ostrich Farm

Start Your Own Ostrich Farm in South Africa and Sell Ostrich Eggs Not only are ostriches superb runners, they also lay up to ten eggs in the nest. If you start your own ostrich farm, you will be able to sell one ostrich egg for up to R300, and make even more money selling ostrich meat, leather and feathers. Business Model Did you know that South Africa is the world’s leader in ostrich industry? Our […]

Start a Goat Farming Business

Start Your Own Goat Farming Business in South Africa and Produce Goat’s Milk Many people still believe that cow’s milk is the most beneficial drink on the Earth. But did you know that goat’s milk is considered to be much more beneficial than cow’s milk? It’s not that popular, but if you start your own goat farm that will produce goat’s milk, not only will you be able to make good amounts of money, but […]

Start an Apple Orchard Business

Plant an Apple Orchard and Sell Fresh Apples South Africa is a perfect country to grow apple trees because of its weather conditions. So why not plant an apple orchard and sell apples? Requirements: An apple tree does not require much care. But a few trees won’t make you rich. In order to make a living selling apples, you have to have a land plot of at least one hectare. This will allow you to […]

Start a Tractor Plowing Business

Buy a Tractor, a Plow and Offer Plowing Services to South African Farmers Have you ever thought that work on the ground is just planting seeds and harvesting? Nothing can be further from the truth. In fact, each farmer runs and works on a farm, is faced with the need to involve special equipment. It is used for plowing the earth. Yes, the land must be plowed in spring. Only in this case, it will […]

Start a Walnut Cultivation Business

Walnut Cultivation in South Africa: Create a Passive Income Stream Some people think that a garden requires daily care. While this is true for growing most of the crops, nothing can be further from the truth when it comes to walnut cultivation. Business Model You’ve probably heard it said: a man sitting in the shade today is the man who planted a tree ten years ago. The same applies to walnuts: plant the garden today […]

Start a Honey Bee Farming Business

Have you ever thought what the best natural sweetener in the world is? Nope, not sugar, its honey! But honey is not the only product bees are known for. They also produce propolis and pollen which are widely used in medicine, beeswax used in cosmetics and other products (nectar and royal jelly). While African countries have excellent weather conditions for keeping bees, many of them buy export bee products from Europe. That’s ridiculous, isn’t it? […]

Start a Green Onion Business

Grow Green Onions and Sell it for a Profit in South Africa Growing green onions for a profit requires a small initial investment. This business has a high profitability and quickly pays off. Unlike other green crops, onions are unpretentious and grow rapidly especially if you use various hydroponic and aeroponic technologies. But even growing onions without these technologies is known for its high profitability. Business Model Green onions are also known as scallions. There […]

Farming & Agriculture Business Opportunities in South Africa

A farming business can be lucrative, but also a lot of work. This is one business that is not for everyone. Best to start small and simple to get a feel for things. For larger scale farming it is advised to take a few courses in your interested field e.g. crop cultivation, livestock production etc. Livestock Production Poultry Farming – Egg / Chicken Hatchery Pig Farming Business Crop cultivation Flower Farming Mushroom Farming Sugarcane Farming […]

Start a Egg / Chicken Hatchery Business

If you are looking to enter the poultry farming industry then a hatchery is probably the easiest, which requires the least space, the least knowledge and least capital. What is an egg / chicken hatchery A chicken or egg hatchery is a business that hatches chicken eggs and sells the chicks as what is called “day old chicks”, the chicks is sold to people who will grow them and who will either end up slaughtering them or […]

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