Fresh Produce Operations2019-09-23T14:31:27+02:00

THEL’ULWAZI NURSERY, FRESH PRODUCE & ENERGY

We present to you this proposal of our innovative Greenhouses solution, to produce food security and adequate supply of green electricity to your communities.

Throughout our business over the years, we have realized the need for education, sustainable job creation and food security. This brought us to design an innovative solution to meet the needs of the communities we build with our investments in: Nursery, Fresh produce & Energy

It is the combination between high quality photovoltaic (PV) and food production facilities. Thel’ulwazi has developed unique greenhouse constructions which can be used to produce vegetables, Herbs and crops in the same land area in an efficient way.

The goal of The Project is the investment and implementation of an efficient photovoltaic facility with a total capacity of 3-5 MWp. This Project can be used as an innovative platform for a specialized training and sustainable food production in a single setting. Ideal environment for Nursery, Fresh produce & Energy plants are universities, governmental institutions, Local communities, Unemployed post graduates and others.

This investment covers the development, procurement, construction and installation of the photovoltaic section. As well as, the investment of the first components for the initial phase of the food part. In order to increase the food production (yearly gradual escalation) and to cover its operational costs for the food production its required national or international funding.

The combination between Fresh produce and Energy aims to generate an added value in a sustainable way. Thel’ulwazi will be responsible for the development and the investment for Fresh produce & Energy plants. The facilities will be operated together with local partners. Since the food production and job creation changes widely from country to country, and usually they need a source of funding after the implementation. In order to get funding, Thel’ulwazi generally applies the following plan:

Energy Part: The photovoltaic section will be installed in its full capacity. Its operation will start with 100% energy generation (as the main revenue scheme)

Fresh produce part : The local partner has to do a feasibility study to determine which crops are more suitable to make this part profitable, according to the local conditions. It is contemplated to divide this component in two phases. It will start with 90% of food capacity production for the first phase. Second phase will be the gradual extension of the remaining 10% Energy capacity production and agriculture components. (As an added social value and economic stream)

Phase I: Duration: 1 – 2 years.

Description: The idea is to use this stage as a research and test period, to gain experience on which crops are more suitable, profitable and with better yield to grow in these facilities. It is important to notice that the whole land area is always available for agriculture or other usage. But the investment of The Project for the Food part only considers the following:

  • Design, equipment and Installation of 90% (ninenty percent) for the food production with irrigation system, seedlings, substrate, fertilizer, netting, water storage system
  • 2 PV Greenhouses as nurseries, (each one 5m x 25m)
  • 3 Wooden-Homes for office and storage space
  • Experts to do the Training for future trainers (Train the Trainers principle), training material.
  • Distribution channels for the sales of the agriculture production in this first phase
    1. 1 PV training set for the campus including: a. PV Greenhouse (5m x 5m)
    2. PV training plant

The goal at the end of this period, is to have a sustainable business model that will help to program the escalation of the remaining 10% in a progressive way (phase II). Please notice that, even though The Project starts with 90% of the Food part, the rest of the area under the PV system is still available. It can be used for other purposes, by a previous discussion and agreement between the parties.

Phase I.

Thel’ulwazi

  • To do the project development to implement the Fresh produce operations System
  • To do the feasibility study to install the PV System
  • To procure all licenses required for the PV System
  • To bring financial investment to implement Phase I
  • To Supply materials and equipment
  • Installation and commissioning
  • Develop training in photovoltaic in combination with agriculture in cooperation with local partner, according to the local needs
  • To do the knowledge transfer to local partner experts
  • To operate and maintain the energy part

Local Partner: NTINGA

  • To support Thel’ulwazi to successfully implement The Project
  • To provide the land to implement The Project
  • To do the feasibility study of Fresh produce in the Local partner facilities
  • To operate and maintain the Fresh produce Part
  • To make available local partner experts to be the Master Trainers
  • To provide facilities for the trainings
  • To be responsible for the trainings
  • To attend trainings of the local communities in a regular basis

Phase II: Duration: From the end of Phase I and meanwhile the PV plant is in use.

Description: The scale of infrastructure for the remaining 10% (ten percent) of the energy part (components and material) will be installed gradually, accordingly to the profits from the crop production sales. It can be accelerated if there is access to local programs, subsides and/or funds to develop the agriculture or Food and training part in The Project.

The responsibilities of the local partner and Thel’ulwazi for Phase II are:

  • To cooperate to apply for national and international funds to increase the capacity of the Fresh produce operations
  • To work together to improve continually the trainings
  • To facilitate the contact with distribution channels to sell the Fresh produce

The sale of all agricultural production is expected to benefit the local farmers and beneficiaries. Both Thel’ulwazi and the local partner will look for funds, subsidies and/or governmental programs in order to finance the costs of the agricultural production, the maintenance and operation costs related to the agricultural activity in Phase II, Including scholarships for trainees, from the neighboring communities.

It’s worth mentioning that the area for agricultural production will increase depending on the annual earnings as a share of them should be re-invested for such purpose to have a business case.

The local partner must do a feasibility study for the Fresh produce Part of The Project with the support of Thel’ulwazi. The feasibility study should start before The Project is implemented. The experimental phase of this feasibility study will be implemented during the Phase I of the Food Part. The objective is to determine which Herbs and vegetables are suitable, in order to have a sustainable business model, all according to the local conditions.

Since the work to get funding for this part will be shared by the local partner and Thel’ulwazi, a 20% fee management will be charged

5.1. The trainings

The aim is that both the local partner and Thel’ulwazi define the most suitable program for trainings. It will be based on what has been developed in the feasibility study. However, we would like to suggest the following program, as a start:

Module 1: Basic Knowledge Renewable Energy

Module 2: Design and installation of Photovoltaic systems

Module 3: Economic efficiency models for Photovoltaic systems

Module 4: Battery systems

Module 5: E-mobility

Module 6: Fresh produce & Energy – plants, greenhouse and free field systems

Module 7: Fresh produce & Energy- irrigation, fertilization, control, monitoring

Module 8: Operation, maintenance, monitoring systems.

Thel’ulwazi will realize the first trainings under the Train-The-Trainer principle.

5.2. Research activities

With Fresh produce and Energy, Thel’ulwazi will establish a platform to develop several activities, where research is very important as the PV modules create a special environment under them that may not be suitable for some Herbs and vegetables. Therefore, the main purpose of the research activities is to determine the most suitable produce for the local Fresh produce & Energy system and, in general, how to optimize Energy production without compromising Fresh food production.

The Fresh production & Energy systems can be used for experimentation by students that are furthering their studies in agriculture. All the intellectual property generated as consequence of the use these facilities, will be shared 50%-50% between Thel’ulwazi and the local partner.

As far as costs are concerned, the local partner will have to determine them, considering salaries of Trainers, Farm managers, assistants and the equipment that will be needed. Although the local partner and Thel’ulwazi will look for funds, the local partner should invest more on the sustainability part of the Fresh produce sales.