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Start your own garlic business

Congratulations! By visiting this site you have already taken the first step to starting your own agricultural venture. Garlic is very easy to grow and very profitable.

We have developed a 5 Year Plan aimed at the first-time grower. This plan allows you to start small (with only 600 square metres of ground) and grow your business as much as you choose. We must stress that you do not need previous experience with growing garlic (or anything else) to follow this plan.

We will supply you with:

  • Step-by-step Garlic Grower's Manual
  • Planting cloves
  • Year-round telephone support

The Garlic Grower's Manual includes step-by-step instructions on preparation, planting (including methodology), harvesting and storage, complete with colour photographs. It is provided and despatched immediately on acceptance of order, enabling you to prepare your ground well in advance. The manual also covers marketing suggestions (both export and local) and covers aspects such as packaging, presentation and export requirements.

The planting cloves are of a huge variety called Super Giant Garlic (SGG). Each individual clove can be the size of a regular bulb of garlic, and there are between 4 and 8 cloves per bulb (the average is 5). Shelf-life of this garlic is phenomenal (much longer than other varieties). This means that instant sale is not imperative and you could have garlic to sell in the off-season when prices are high.

Our year-round telephone support is there for your convenience at no extra cost.

In the 10 years of growing our S.G.G. it has never been susceptible to any crop-threatening disease. Indeed, one crop of smaller garlic planted immediately adjacent to out S.G.G. was completely wiped out with Brown Rust – whereas the S.G.G. was untouched.

In short, it is a superb product.


Land Requirements

Initially, in order to plant 10,000 cloves, approximately 600m2 is required. Should the 5 Year Plan be followed, this requirement would increase five-fold each year. The yield from this land should be approximately 15 tons / hectare, depending on soil type, local conditions, etc. Sandy soil makes for easier weeding, growth and harvesting, but any type will produce a good crop should the right additives, fertiliser, etc. be employed (refer to manual provided with order for detail).


Water Requirements

This will vary according to soil type. A reasonable borehole will suffice (refer to the manual provided with order).


The Market

The market is not just South Africa. Exporters can handle everything produced here for export to Germany, Australia, etc., especially large cloves which travel well and have long shelf-lives. Locally, it can be sold to traders either whole, chopped, minced or flaked. Great strides have been made in the field of medicine and garlic is featuring in antiseptics and pain killing drugs (refer to manual provided with order for detail). Normal garlic consumption has increased tremendously over the last few years. We anticipate that S.G.G. will take over the garlic market – not add to it.

 

 

  Telephone +27 (0)11-952-1575 / derick@garlicgrowers.co.za
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