Region: Brits - South Africa
Type of Structures: Closed Classic 9.6m with cooling pads and extraction fans (7000m²)
Description of the project:
This grower is one of the biggest producers of cucumbers in South Africa. Cucumbers need a stable climate with moderate temperatures and humidity to achieve high yields. In the area of Brits the summers are very hot and dry with high insect pressure. The winters are cold with occasional frost. It was decided that the best structures would be the closed Classic with Pad and fan for cooling in summer. The pad is covered in Anti-Virus netting to prevent insects being sucked into the greenhouse and there are double door entrances to reduce insects being introduced via the entrances. The plastic cladding is IR 504 a highly thermic plastic giving frost protection in winter as well as moderating the winter temperatures. In the first crop in the greenhouse the grower achieved record yields.
Vegtech together with Netafim designed and supplied the complete pump house with a Neta-Jet fertigation unit and climate control.