Speciality Agriculture

BUSINESS TYPE Crocodile Farming

STAGE OF BUSINESS Existing

INDUSTRY OF OPERATION

  • Crocodile Meat and Skins
  • Leather Goods
  • Luxury Goods and Retail

COUNTRY/REGION/CITY South Africa, Europe, Japan, Far East

PURPOSE OF BUSINESS PLAN

  • Investor Funding Proposal
  • Acquisition of Business by a BBBEE Consortium
  • Grant Funding Application to the Department of Trade and Industry

LOAN AMOUNT R75 million

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Crocodile farming is not a new concept. There are two big buyers of crocodile skins in South Africa. The first manufacture products such as handbags and shoes and the other exports the skins to International markets, to clients such as Louis Vuitton, and Gucci. It’s a niche market and fewer than 10% of skins manufactured in South Africa are sold here. Wet skins are sold abroad. Roughly 90% are absorbed by fashion houses in Europe and Japan, and the lower grades end up in the Far East. There is great demand for Nile crocodile skin, although the industry is highly susceptible to changes in the economy. The Company is an established and successful commercial Crocodile Farm based in South Africa. From the purchasing of the land and inception of the farm in 1997 to its present operational status, the current Shareholder has more than 18 years’ experience in the industry.

Agriculture Management

BUSINESS TYPE Tagasaste (Tree Lucerne) Production and Distribution

STAGE OF BUSINESS Early Start-Up

INDUSTRY OF OPERATION

  • Tagasaste Farming
  • Tagasaste Distribution and Export
  • Animal Feed (Fodder)

COUNTRY/REGION/CITY Kenya, Senegal, United Arab Emirates

PURPOSE OF BUSINESS PLAN

  • Investor Funding Proposal
  • Establishment and Expansion of Farming Operations in various African Countries
  • Proposal to the Department of Agriculture and Foreign Aid Agencies as to the Viability of the Business Venture
  • Market Research Study into Tagasaste Farming and Export Potential
  • Set-Up of a Production Plant for Producing Tagasaste Pellets

LOAN AMOUNT US$5 million

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Company is a Speciality Agricultural Management Company in the broadest sense of the word. They produce and market Tagasaste (Tree Lucerne) Crops and Pellets to target market customers within the Animal Feed (Fodder) markets situated in the Middle East and Africa. As a Livestock Feed Company, obtaining a permanent place in the Tagasaste Value Chain is their primary goal. They see it as their main mission to provide high quality Crop and Pellets at market-related prices to the identified target markets. To address both the markets, the Company plans to grow its own Fodder (Tagasaste, as an alternative to Alfalfa) in various countries, and at the same time introduce the crop to small holder and pastoralist livestock owners to grow for their own use and for sale as a cash crop to the Company. The Company will use its own production as well as the excess production from smallholders and process it into fortified pellets that can be exported or indeed sold locally to commercial livestock holders.

General Farming

BUSINESS TYPE Speciality Farming

STAGE OF BUSINESS Existing

INDUSTRY OF OPERATION

  • Agriculture

COUNTRY/REGION/CITY  Africa

PURPOSE OF BUSINESS PLAN

  • Business Loan Application
  • Strategic Plan detailing a Growth- and Expansion Strategy to the Company’s Shareholders
  • Presentation to Venture Capitalists

LOAN AMOUNT  US$15.5 million

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The farm was established in 2014 with the primary objective of providing high quality Agricultural products to the local South African, sub-Saharan Africa and International markets.

Honeybush Farming

BUSINESS TYPE Speciality Farming

STAGE OF BUSINESS Existing

INDUSTRY OF OPERATION

  • Agriculture

COUNTRY/REGION/CITY South Africa

PURPOSE OF BUSINESS PLAN

  • Business Loan Application
  • Strategic Plan detailing a Growth- and Expansion Strategy to the Company’s Shareholders

LOAN AMOUNT R3.6 million

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The company was established in 2014 to produce Honeybush tea for commercial purposes whilst empowering women business owners. It is the intention of the 100% women-owned co-operative, to establish a small-scale Honeybush farming operation in the Southern Cape