Tomatoes are one of the most used ingredients when it comes to cooking for virtually every household in South Africa.  The tomato farming business is a very profitable venture to start in South Africa. You can’t talk about cooking in South Africa without the tomato. The demand is incessantly high as tomatoes are daily needed for incorporation into things like stews, soups, salads, amongst many others.  Tomato farming business is a business that’s characterised by very high profits margins. This article will outline how to start a tomatoes farming business in South Africa, and the tomato farming business plan – PDF, Word and Excel.

Before you start the tomato farming business, there are some important decisions which you have to make. You have to decide on the size of your tomato production business ie how many hectares of tomatoes you will farm.  There are many different tomato varieties, so you have to select which one you will farm, the season you are going to carry out your tomato farming, and your target market. The size of your tomato 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 tomato production business plan before you venture into this business.

Land for Tomato Farming Business

Land is a primary requirement and must be suitable for tomato production. The essence of tomato production is to ensure you reap yields that are as high as possible. When it comes to crop farming, soil fertility is of utmost importance. The soil must have impeccable qualities such as optimum aeration and lack of toxicity. This is why the use of organic farming approaches is most potent when it comes to tomato farming. The use of decayed leaves, compost or animal manure as organic matter is highly recommended here. This is because organic matter carries vital nutrients and possesses soil conditioning qualities. Tomatoes can grow on a wide array of soil textures depending on the variety of the tomato. For quick and early maturation, sandy soils are most ideal. They grow well provided the soil is pH is between 5.0 and 6.5.

Machinery & Equipment for Tomato Production Business

You will need different kinds of machinery and equipment for your tomato 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 tomato farming businesses, there’ll be need for machinery & equipment such as tractors, fertilizer spreaders, sprayers, diggers, harvesters, irrigation hardware, 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. Your tomato farming business plan should cater for the costs of purchasing or hiring machinery and equipment.

Tomato Farming Inputs

Obviously tomato seeds are needed and there are many different types available. The 3 broad classes of tomato are determinate, semi-determinate and inter-determinate tomatoes. The major factors that’ll determine your choice of seeds are seed availability, yield capacity, resistance to diseases and your intended market’s preferences. You can start your tomato farming business by purchasing seeds, or alternatively you can just buy seedlings which are ready for transplanting from a nursery. Ensure that you buy seeds from certified and reputable suppliers. Tomato varieties/cultivars used in South Africa include Florodade, Heinz 1370, Karino, Rodade, Fortress, Hytec, Star 9001, Star 9003, Star 9009, Sundance, Zeal, Baldo, Blockbuster, Disco, P 747, Shirley, HTX 14, Legato, Roma VF, Rossol, Star 9056F, Sun 6216 and UC 82B, Bamby, Josephine, Atletico, Daniella and Gabriella. The choice of cultivars is based on fruit quality adaptability and reliability, susceptibility to diseases and pests, plant growth habit, the specific market and the tomato planting season.

Fertilizers are required to ensure soil fertility and augment tomato growth. For effective growth, tomatoes require plant nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. These nutrients should be provided via fertilisers and manure to promote growth of the tomatoes.  Herbicides for effective weed control are important when carrying out tomato farming, and you can use herbicides like Metribuzine, Pyrinex 480EC, Ronstar depending on the type of weeds at your tomato farm. Fungicides and insecticides are essential  for protection of your plants against insects and fungi. The chemicals you can use include Dimethoate EC, Malathion EC, Dedevap EC, Carbaryl, Nematicides  just to mention a few.

You must also know that trellising and training of tomatoes is very important to some tomato cultivars and varieties. These aspects entail supporting the tomato plants on poles and wires (or other suitable support structures). Effective spraying, improved air circulation and less rotting are all wrought from trellising and training of the tomatoes.

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

Human Capital for Tomato Farming Business

When doing tomato 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 fertilizers, trellising, 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 tomato farming business. The wages and salaries of your workers should be included in your tomato farming business plan.

Market

There is a large local demand for tomatoes in South Africa, with more than 450 000 tonnes being sold per year in South Africa, and some of the excess being exported. Most of the tomatoes are produced for domestic consumption. Tomatoes are consumed in diverse ways including raw, as an ingredient in many dishes, stews and sauces. Tomatoes are also used by food processors for making tomato sauce, paste, canned tomatoes, puree among other products. The customers for tomatoes include individuals, caterers, restaurants, food processors, supermarkets, national fresh produce markets etc.

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PRE-WRITTEN TOMATO 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 tomato farming business in South Africa, purchase our tomato farming business plan. We decided to introduce the business plans after noting that many South Africans were venturing into the tomatoes 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 tomato 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 tomato production business plan will lay out all the costs involved in setting up and running the tomato farming business. The business plan is designed specifically for the South African market.

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

The tomato 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 tomato farming business
  • As a tomato farming project proposal
  • Assessing profitability of the tomato 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 TOMATO 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
  • Tomatoes farming guide (Technical Details of how to plant, grow and harvest the tomatoes)
  • Operational Strategy
  • Why some South Africans in the tomato production business fail, so that you can avoid their mistakes
  • Ways to raise capital to start your tomato farming business in South Africa
  • Directory [Contact Details for South African suppliers of inputs (seeds, fertilisers, equipment etc) and contacts of tomato farming training companies in South Africa]

The Tomato Farming Business Plan package consist of 4 files

  1. Tomato Farming Business Plan – PDF file (Comprehensive – 86 pages)
  2. Tomato Farming Business Plan – Editable Word File (Comprehensive – 86 pages)
  3. Tomato Farming Business Plan Funding Version – Editable Word File (Short version for applying for a loan – 41 pages)
  4. Tomato 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, tomato price per KG etc, and all the other financial statements will automatically adjust to reflect the change. 

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