Karatara Hydroponics/Agriculture Initiative

Name and background of
applicant / developer
Applicant / project management: Direct Solutions cc (DeWilton Lombard and Gene Kruger); Property owner: Knysna Municipality; Beneficiaries: Karatara Community Trust.
Core focus sector Agriculture
Total project investment
Commercial capacity: ZAR900 000, Commercial expansion (1): ZAR4,5 million, Commercial expansion (2): ZAR9,8 million
Sources of funding
Private funding
Project status Feasibility stage
Partnerships Knysna Municipality, Casidra and private sector
Full contact details of project lead DeWilton Lombard and Gene Kruger, +27(82)770 7319, gkruger@arborline.co.za
Potential jobs created
204 over five years

The Karatara Hydroponics Community Farming and Development Project is a start-up, public-private community partnership on 21 hectares of land east of the village of Karatara. The aim is to farm as intensively as possible, producing vegetables and food crops from the open field and tunnel cultivation (high impact farming), fish production from aquaponics operations (water efficiency), essential oils distilled from cultivated crops as well as harvest concessions of indigenous plants in local timber plantations (high-value product beneficiation). The project plan has identified several phases of development which will result in the creation of numerous investment opportunities and job creation for the local community. The project is currently mid-way through start-up operations and open for investment partners going forward.

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