Posted by Hansie Britz on 31 December 2019

HOW PROFITABLE IS A CONTAINER SMALL BUSINESS?

         

Containers are made of steel and built to withstand all kinds of weather, heavy stacking etc. A typical container work lifespan is approximately 10 years. Containers are designed specifically to be portable. You can transport almost any container and place it just about anywhere. A container is cheaper than building a brick and mortar building from scratch. A used container is the least expensive option, although for a better look, a new container is recommended. Either way, a container can easily be painted to blend with your surroundings.

Due to high construction costs more and more companies are turning to non- traditional facilities for their business operations. Containers in particular can be very utilitarian and cost effective.

CONTAINER BUSINESS IDEAS

Coffee Shop – The container and space can be used as a coffee shop where you can serve a variety of beverage options as ell as take away food.

Clothing Retailer – Containers can provide the space you need to run any kind of small retail business like a clothing boutique. If you need more space you can even stack the containers.

Restaurant – An increasing number of enterprising business owners are housing restaurants in remodel led containers. They serve as cost – effective premises that are easy to modify and transport.They’re secure and weather resistant, and provide novelty value.

Meal Prep Service – Another very popular type of food business is to create prepared meals that can be sold directly to consumers on site or as take away.

Hair Salon – Simply, one-on-one service businesses can also work in containers. Containers and the space necessary could be used to set up your own hair salon operation.

Office Containers – Whether you are looking for additional office space or temporary on-site offices containers can provide an affordable solution. These can be fully customized and fitted with the required amenities. Containers are also ideal for student accommodation and school facilities as can be seen below.

                  

Furthermore, “container homes” are quick to set up, sturdy, and much cheaper than building your average brick – and – mortar houses. If successfully implemented, container houses might decrease the significant housing shortage problem currently faced by so many families across the country.

Even though container homes have been around for years, it has only been the last 5 years that the building technique has become a viable alternative option. Through innovative insulation techniques, latest building materials and expertise built up over years, the container home is now a beautiful sustainable way of building your dream house.

Container homes are fast becoming a popular and more affordable to normal housing, which is priced beyond what the average South African can afford. A customizable and transportable container home can start from as little as ZAR 100 000. It also create huge opportunities for real estate developers/entrepreneurs to enter in a very lucrative market.

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Posted by Hansie Britz on 30 December 2019

HOW TO START A MANGO FARM OPERATION

            

Mangoes are grown over a wide area in South Africa. However, the main production areas are in the Northern Province with Tzaneen, Hoedspruit, Phalaborwa, Letsitele and Trichardsdal area accounting for 60% of the total production. Mango trees will grow and produce well in areas with very high temperatures (45 degrees C). However, when the maximum temperature exceeds 46 degrees C vegetative growth ceases, especially if it is accompanied by low humidity. In South Africa the average relative humidity should preferably be 55% or less, from October until the fruit is harvested.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS

Mango trees grow on a slight slope which enables runoff of excess water and prevents water-logging. Depressions or basins are poorly drained and plantings on these sites should be avoided. The roots will turn black and become desiccated in over-saturated soils as a result of a lack of aeration. Under such conditions the parts of the plant above the ground will wilt and show symptoms of chlorosis. Mango trees do not row and produce well in soils with impermeable layers and also do not thrive on very steep slopes because excessive drainage could lead to water shortages and soil erosion.

PLANTING PROCEDURE

Although mango orchards are planted throughout the year (especially in the warmer production regions) the best time is August to September after the risk of cold weather had passed. After proper soil preparation the holes for planting should be large enough for the bag containing the tree to fit inside. Cut the bags open before planting to ensure that the trees have well developed root systems and that the roots are undamaged. Irrigation systems should already be installed before planting the trees. As soon as active growth is observed after planting, each tree should receive 4 applications of 25g LAN at intervals of 6 weeks, i.e. a total of 100g for the first year.

HARVESTING

Local Market – If mango fruit is to be marketed locally, it can be allowed to mature for longer periods on the tree. This will give it a better color and flavor. However, if the fruit is left on the tree for too long, it will drop in a process known as spontaneous ripening.

Export – Only the best quality mangoes is suitable for export, as it has to undergo transport and cold storage for 28 days in order to reach foreign markets buy sea. Fruit packed too green will never ripen properly whereas overripe fruit will spoil as a result of softening and the development of various diseases. It is therefore important to start picking at the correct stage.

TREE SELECTION

When you’re buying mango trees, you’ll need to look for signs that the tree is in good health. Take a look at the signs of a quality tree:

– Green and gleaming foliage;

– Long inter-nodes;

– Healthy graft union and blossoms;

– Containers should be a minimum of 10L as a precaution against stunted root growth.

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Posted by Hansie Britz on 29 December 2019

SUCCESSFUL PINEAPPLE FARMING

                       

Pineapples are sweet, nutritional and can be used in a variety of ways in home cooking. Moreover, pineapples are regularly purchased in bulk by food manufacturers who turn the fruit into various beverages, sweets, baked goods and other food products.

Pineapples rank second on the list of the most consumed fruits in the world and constitute up to 20% of the world’s production of all tropical fruits. Since the 1960’s, the level of pineapple farming has increased dramatically. The fruit popularity in the world can be explained by the breeding of new species, in particular one that is referred to as “Gold“. The fruit is now prepared, canned and consumed in various forms such as pineapple chunks, slices, juices, jams, marmalade, crushed and dried pineapples. Pineapples are also used in cereals and as a snack food. Pineapple fruits are also a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin B6, Copper and Manganese.

SOIL

The soil for pineapple farming should b well drained and slightly acidic in nature with pH levels around 4.5 to 6. The soil has to be light and can be sandy, alluvial or lateritic but not heavy clayey soil. The fruit is suitable for cultivation either near the seacoast or inland areas but the minimum temperature ranges should be in between 15.5 to 32 degrees C. The plants flower from February till April and bears fruit from July till September.

                         

HARVESTING

Pineapple plants get ready for harvest in 2 to 2.5 years. Flowers appear after 12 months from planting and fruits appear after 15 or 18 months. The ripening of fruits occur after 5 months from flowering. The fruits for table use are harvested when completely ripe whereas the fruits for canning are harvested at an early stage. Each variety has a different eye color in the fruit indicating its maturity or ripening level.

PINEAPPLE VARIETIES

Kew – It is a leading commercial variety valued particularly for canning. Its fruits are big sized (1.5 – 2.5 kg) oblong and tapering slightly to the crown. The fruit with broad and shallow eyes becomes yellow when fully ripe.

Gian Kew – The variety is synonymous with Kew except for the size of plant and fruit which are larger than Kew as the name signifies.

Charlotte Rothschild – The fruit is similar in taste and other characters to that of Kew.

Queen – Its fruit are rich yellow in color, weighing 0.9 – 1.3 kg each. The flesh is deep golden – yellow, less juicy than Kew, crisp textured with a pleasant aroma and flavor.

Mauritius – It comes medium in size, its fruits are deep yellow and red. Yellow fruits are oblong, fibrous and medium sweet compared with red ones.This is ideal for table purposes.

Jaldhup & Lakhat – Both are under the Queen group with fruits smaller than Queen. Lakhat is markedly sour in taste, whereas Jaldhup has its sweetness well- blended with acidity.

Generally, commercial pineapple farming demands sufficient area of land and proper irrigation facility. In addition to that, the farm must have proper arrangements for plant protection. In this business, you can expect a substantial ROI and quick payback but you will need a well-structured farming business plan to get you going.

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Posted by Hansie Britz on 12 December 2019

GROWING CROPS UNDER SOLAR PANELS

                                     

As countries make the switch to renewable energy, solar power is a major player. All you need is sunlight and land to use for solar panels. It’s that easy. Over the course of a year, a study in “Nature Sustainability” analyzed what is known as “Agrivoltaics”. This is a land-sharing process tat integrates agriculture and solar energy int a symbiotic system; meaning that vegetables are planted in the shade of solar panels.

The agrivoltaics system assisted crops by regulating air temperatures, reducing direct sunlight, and increasing moisture in the air. Panels also protected the crops from intense winds and sunlight. Not only did the panels help the plants, but the plants also increased the efficiency of the solar panels by cooling them via transpiration. In mixed crop solar farms, the skin temperature is 18 degrees cooler than in open fields. This can create a much safer work environment as some farm laborers are at risk of heat stroke and other heat – related dangers.

A team of French scientists lead by Christopne Dupraz were the first to use the term “Agrivoltaic”. It basically means when solar panels and food crops are combined on the same land to maximize the land use. It’s an idea to maximize the land use. It’s an idea which could bring food producing to the next level. Researchers from the University of Arizona have claimed growing crops in the shade of solar panels can lead to two or three times more vegetable and fruit production than conventional agriculture.

The scientists said that their measurements showed how shading from the panels had a positive impact on air temperature, direct sunlight and atmospheric demand for water. The shade provided by the PV panels resulted in cooler daytime and warmer nighttime temperatures than the traditional, open-sky planting system they said. There was also a lower vapor pressure deficit in the agrivoltaics system, meaning there was more moisture in the air.

                

Solar farming is a field filled with hundreds or maybe thousands of solar panels oriented into the sun. Instead of potatoes, beans or tomatoes planted in the soil, solar panels cover that land, while energy is being produced. It is obvious that traditional farming is a relatively risky business because one is very much dependent on weather conditions. If there is just the right amount of sun, rain and if there no extreme storms, strong winds etc. Thus, not to worry about all these environmental factors and still get income is really uplifting and a bit too good to be true. Therefore, next to power generation, solar farms found another niche “agrivoltaics” – or in other words APV-. It is an amazing idea for a environmentally conscious world, both agribusiness and society.

METHODS

There are three types of agrivoltaics that are being actively researched:

1. solar arrays with space between for crops;

2. stilled solar array above crops; and

3. greenhouse solar array.

All three of these systems have several variables used to maximize solar energy absorbed in both the panels and the crops. The main variable taken into account for agrivoltaic systems is the angle of the solar panels – called the tilt angle. Other variables taken into account for choosing the location of the agrivoltaic system are the crops chosen, height of the panels, solar irradiation in the area and the climate of the area.

TO ENABLE YOU TO RUN SUCH A OPERATION SUCCESSFULLY, YOU WILL NEED ASSISTANCE WITH A PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS PLAN.

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Posted by Hansie Britz on 4 December 2019

HOW TO START A PET GROOMING BUSINESS

                

Starting a pet grooming business is not only a relatively easy business to start up, it can also be quite profitable especially if you have strategies in place that make you stand out from your competitors. The demand for other pet services have grown as owners now also want their pets to live long, stay healthy as well as happier.

Popular Pet Services:

* Dog training.

* Pet behavioral consulting;

* Pet portrait photography;

* Pet Sitting; and

* Upscale and holistic spa services.

Another very popular service is “Mobile Pet Grooming”. This service involves the use of specially equipped vehicles that travel to pet owners homes. It allows groomers the ability to perform a full range of services right outside the customer’s door. This is a very in -demand service because:

It’s convenient for the customer.

– It reduces potential stress on the pets.

– It’s perfect for home – bound older people who have companion animals.

On the downside, initial start – up costs for such an enterprise are hefty. Those in a position to make an investment in this are virtually guaranteed high business growth dividends.

                                

Pet Health Insurance

Sales of pet policies have begin to accelerate in recent times. This trend is expected to proliferate dramatically and offer the enhanced potential for pet business growth due to a number of factors:

* People increasingly regard their pets as beloved family members;

* Pets (like people) are living longer, requiring more complex and extended medical care.

* Advances in the veterinary technology have resulted in more costly medical care.

Considering that pet parents are expected to spend even more on their companion animals in the future, the sky’s the limit for those who have a good head for business and genuine love of animals. Remember that for the most part, customers will be entrusting a beloved pet to your care so you should always make sure that you treat their animal with respect at all times and never make any negative remarks about its condition or appearance.

Your Market

Customers are likely to include:

– Owners of breeds that require regular grooming. Many owners will have neither the necessary skills not the time to groom their pets regularly and so prefer to have a professional do it for them.

– Professionals and enthusiasts who breed and show animals – particularly dogs and cats.

– Owners who are not physically able to groom their own pets.

– Owners of animals that need flea or other parasite treatments.

– Owners of animals that have been referred to you for grooming by a vet.

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