The growing and selling of cabbages in South Africa is a lucrative business if you’re passionate about horticulture. There’s a high demand for cabbages in South Africa owing to its high nutritional value and the ease with which the vegetable can be prepared. Cabbages are an easy pick when it comes to crops that are less hectic to grow and wielding several advantages. For instance, cabbages have high yield rates, can thrive in virtually any climate and require much less chemical inputs.

Cabbages are relatively affordable and within the reach of any income bracket. They are also less perishable as they have a substantial shelve life at room temperature. Their versatility is also demonstrated in their suitability for being turned into dried vegetables. Plus they can also be used as food for poultry production, cattle or rabbit production, amongst others. Easy handling and transportation also adds on to the long list of characteristics that make cabbage farming more appealing. This article will outline how to start a cabbage farming business in South Africa, and the cabbage farming business plan – PDF, Word and Excel.

Before you start the cabbage farming business, there are some important decisions which you have to make. You have to decide on the size of your cabbage production business ie how many hectares of cabbages you will farm.  There are many different cabbage varieties/cultivars, so you have to select which one you will farm, the season you are going to carry out your cabbage farming, and your target market. The size of your cabbage farming business will depend on the size of land you have, the amount of capital you have, and your target market. It’s important that you have a good cabbage production business plan before you venture into this business.

Land for Cabbage Farming Business

Choice of location is crucial in that there’s certain type of soil that’s most appropriate for the cabbages. Cabbages require well-drained, loamy soils that have good water retention. Caution must be exercised in avoiding soils with high acidity as they are detrimental to healthy growth. Organic farming approaches must also be applied by the use of organic material such as animal waste or compost matter. Cabbages tend to have moderate sensitivity to saline soils so bear that mind. Optimum soil pH is 5.5 to 6.5 (the pH must never fall to below 4.5). Once you notice that leaves are becoming dark and leaf margins are dying back, it’s usually because the pH is now way above 6.5. So its important for you to determine whether your soil type is suitable for cabbage farming first before starting the cabbage farming business.

Machinery & Equipment for Cabbage Production Business

You will need different kinds of machinery and equipment for your cabbage horticulture business. The land will need to be prepared and that’ll require varying levels of mechanisation. Small tracts of land might be prepared with hand-held implements without any problems. In some areas such as rural areas the use of animal drawn implements can come in handy. However, for much bigger cabbage farming businesses, there’ll be need for machinery & equipment such as tractors, fertilizer spreaders, sprayers, diggers, harvesters, irrigation equipment, ridgers, amongst many others. You might not necessarily have to purchase all this equipment; most of it you can simply hire.

The other needs will have to do with power generation as some of the operations such as irrigation will need power. You can incorporate the use of fuel-powered pumps also or leveraging on solar energy. You’ll also need to have to stand-by generators to cushion yourself against lengthy power outages. Higher level of mechanisation in your cabbage farming operations will lead to higher efficiency hence higher profitability. Your cabbage farming business plan should cater for the costs of purchasing or hiring machinery and equipment.

Cabbage Farming Inputs

You’re going to need cabbage seeds or seedlings. You can start your cabbage farming business by purchasing seeds, or alternatively you can just buy seedlings which are ready for transplanting from a nursery. There are many different cabbage cultivars/varieties available in South Africa. Some of the varieties used by South African cabbage farmers include Conquistador , Bobcat , Grandslam , Green Boy , STAR 3301 , Hercules, Drumhead, Grand Slam, Megaton Hybrid, Star 3306, Green Coronet, Brunswick, Tenacity, Green Star and Matador. The cabbage varieties you choose should suit local climatic conditions, have good pest and disease resistance, suit the season you want to farm in, and meet your market needs. Ensure that you buy your cabbage seeds or seedlings from certified and reputable suppliers. Never take this lightly because once you’ve started growing you won’t be able to reverse intrinsic properties of flawed seeds or seedlings that you would’ve acquired. Cabbage yields in South Africa average 30 000 – 50 000 heads per hectare depending on the variety and size of the cabbages.

Fertilizers are required to ensure soil fertility and support cabbage growth. For effective growth, cabbages require plant nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. These nutrients should be provided via fertilisers and manure to promote growth of the cabbages.  Herbicides for effective weed control are important when carrying out cabbage farming. You can use herbicides like Agil 100EC, Agriquat among others depending on the type of weeds at your cabbage farm. Fungicides and insecticides are essential  for protection of your plants against insects and fungi. The chemicals you can use include Dimethoate 40EC, Malathion 25 WP, Dedevap 100 EC  just to mention a few.

The costs of acquiring all these inputs should be included in your cabbage farming budgets.

Labour for Cabbage Farming Business

When doing cabbage farming business, you will need to hire part time farm workers as and when necessary. Part-time labourers will be required because there’s a lot of seasonal work to be done. Some of the activities will include seed planting, transplanting, applying fertilisers, ploughing, harvesting, amongst several others. The part time farm workers should be paid according to the number of days worked so as to cut costs.  You also require supervisors, farm manager, finance & accounting staff, and logistics staff depending on the scale of your cabbage farming business. The wages and salaries of your workers should be included in your cabbage farming business plan.

Market

The market for cabbages in South Africa is very huge and is ever increasing. South Africa consume more than 150 000 tonnes of cabbages per year. Most of cabbages in South Africa are produced for domestic consumption. Fresh cut cabbage is used raw in salads such as coleslaw and as cooked vegetable (added to soups or stews). You can supply your cabbages to individuals, national fresh produce markets, schools, restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, wholesalers, hawkers etc. Your cabbage business plan ought to include a proper market analysis and marketing plan to use in your cabbage farming business.

Cabbage Farming Business Plan PDF

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PRE-WRITTEN CABBAGE FARMING BUSINESS PLAN (PDF, WORD AND EXCEL): COMPREHENSIVE VERSION, SHORT FUNDING/BANK LOAN VERSION AND AUTOMATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

For an in-depth analysis of the cabbage farming business in South Africa, purchase our cabbage farming business plan. We decided to introduce the business plans after noting that many South Africans were venturing into the cabbages production business without a full understanding of the industry, market, how to run the business, the risks involved, profitability of the business and the costs involved, leading to a high failure rate of their businesses.

Our business plan will make it easier for you to launch and run a cabbage production business successfully, fully knowing what you are going into, and what’s needed to succeed in the business. It will be easier to plan and budget as the cabbage production business plan will lay out all the costs involved in setting up and running the cabbage farming business. The business plan is designed specifically for the South African market.

USES OF THE CABBAGE PRODUCTION BUSINESS PLAN (PDF, WORD AND EXCEL)

The cabbage production business plan can be used for many purposes including:

  • Raising capital from investors/friends/relatives
  • Applying for a bank loan
  • Start-up guide to launch your cabbage farming business
  • As a cabbage farming project proposal
  • Assessing profitability of the cabbage farming business
  • Finding a business partner
  • Assessing the initial start-up costs so that you know how much to save
  • Manual for current business owners to help in business and strategy formulation

CONTENTS OF THE CABBAGE FARMING BUSINESS PLAN (PDF, WORD AND EXCEL)

The business plan includes, but not limited to:

  • Market Analysis
  • Industry Analysis
  • 5 Year Automated Financial Statements [ Income statements, cash flow statements, balance sheets, monthly cash flow projections (3 years monthly cash flow projections, the remaining two years annually),break even analysis, payback period analysis, start-up costs, financial graphs, revenue and expenses, Bank Loan Amortisation]
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Risk Analysis
  • SWOT & PEST Analysis
  • Operational Requirements
  • Cabbage farming guide (Technical Details of how to plant, grow and harvest the cabbages)
  • Operational Strategy
  • Why some South Africans in the cabbage production business fail, so that you can avoid their mistakes
  • Ways to raise capital to start your cabbage farming business in South Africa
  • Directory [Contact Details for South African suppliers of inputs (seeds, seedlings, fertilisers, equipment etc) and contacts of cabbage farming training companies in South Africa]

The Cabbage Farming Business Plan package consist of 4 files

  1. Cabbage Farming Business Plan – PDF file (Comprehensive – 87 pages)
  2. Cabbage Farming Business Plan – Editable Word File (Comprehensive – 87 pages)
  3. Cabbage Farming Business Plan Funding Version – Editable Word File (Short version for applying for a loan – 43 pages)
  4. Cabbage Farming Business Plan Automated Financial Statements – (Editable Excel file)

The financial statements are automated. This implies that you can change eg the number of hectares, cabbage price per head etc, and all the other financial statements will automatically adjust to reflect the change. 

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