South Africa: Novice tunnel farmer wins with hydroponics

Byron Booysen developed a fondness for land and nature while growing up in Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape, where his family farmed on a small scale.

Five years ago, he decided to turn his interest into a business and applied to the Western Cape Department of Agriculture for funding to start a hydroponic farming operation.

He was particularly interested in hydroponics, he says, as this type of farming offered good returns even on limited land.

Strict conditions
In December 2014, with the help of the Cape Agency for Sustainable Integrated Development in Rural Areas (Casidra), an initiative of the Western Cape government, four multi-span tunnels were erected on the farm Avon-De-Rust in Kraaifontein near Belville, where Booysen rents land.

“This is where everything started for me and my business, Booysen Tunnel Farming.”

Read the full article at Farmer's Weekly (Jeandré van der Walt)

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