Our farms – Background
The first farm to be acquired by the Nel family was Rooipad, which is located just west of the small town of Augrabies (named after the famous Augrabies falls). This is the main production unit, which until 1979 focused on livestock and raisin production. After the introduction of electricity in 1979 the farm was able to invest in irrigation and cooling fascilities that allowed it to diversify into the production of table grapes. Rooipad produces approximately 600,000 boxes (4.5kg) per annum.
Accreditation: GLOBALG.A.P, SIZA, Loblaws, HACCP Pick and Pay, Tesco NURTURE, Waitrose Farm Assesment
The Alkara farm, adjacent to Rooipad, was purchased in 2006. Since its purchase much of the farm has been re-planted with new and exciting grape varieties from the world’s best breeding programmes. Alkara produces approximately 320,000 boxes (4.5kg) per annum.
Alkara is a Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) farm which essentially means that key personnel have stake holding in the business.
Accreditation: GLOBALG.A.P, SIZA, Asda Security Audit and Tesco Nurture
Oranjedal was the second farm to be acquired and is situated next to the Namibian border crossing of Onseepkans approximately 120km west of Rooipad. This area is circa 10 days earlier with a significantly lower risk of rain, hail and other adverse climatic conditions. Oranjedal produces approximately 250,000 boxes (4.5kg) per annum with the focus being on Thompson Seedless.
Accreditation: GLOBALG.A.P, SIZA, and Tesco Nurture
Tierkop was acquired in 2016. The farm is located 34km north of Kakamas on the Riemvasmaak road, approxamitely 30km east of Rooipad. Tierkop produces approximately 200 000 boxes (4.5kg) per annum.
Accreditation: GLOBALG.A.P, SIZA & Asda Security Audit and Tesco Nurture, Waitrose Farm Assesment