Gooseberry farm with route to market

Apart from the natural beauty of the Keisie Valley, this property offers a unique opportunity to enter a niche market for producing gooseberries. The primary source of income is the gooseberry business, which forms part of the entity on offer. The offer does not only include an established gooseberry production unit, but also vehicles and machinery essential for production and a pack store with cold and freezer facilities. The offer also includes the goodwill, business contacts, packaging material, management systems, costing models, client lists and supply agreements with major retailers. The processing facility processes gooseberries supplied by other producers, so included are existing agreements with these producers in other geographical areas to ensure uninterrupted supply throughout the year. Being a niche market, the current owner undertakes to provide six weeks of support (spread over six months) including his time and intellectual property to ensure a smooth handover to the new owner, included in the price. The farm has secure sources of water for household and irrigation use by means of a fountain (10% of flow to the farm regulated by a “verdeelkas”), an allocation of 18 hours every 28 days from the Boskloof Irrigation Scheme and two equipped boreholes (delivers ± 60 000 and ± 15 000 litres per hour respectively). Water from these sources are collected in a reservoir (capacity of 220 000 litres) from where it is pumped to a second holding reservoir (capacity of 220 000 litres). Irrigation then happens with gravity feed from the second holding reservoir. The irrigation system is fully automated and electric and submersible pumps are operated during Eskom Ruraflex to manage the costs of electricity. To reduce the risk of frost damage, a fully automated frost fan with remote sensors was recently installed. The farm has a main house (4 bedrooms), a manager's cottage (2 bedrooms) and three guest cottages (Vine Cottage 40 m2, Lavender Cottage 45 m2 and Fig Cottage 40 m2). Planning approval was granted to extend the cottages, establish a restaurant and to construct another dwelling (subject to approval of building plans).

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