The Eastern Cape has vast untapped potential for agro-processing activities. The province is suitable for a wide variety of agricultural process dues to its temperate climate and year-round rainfall. Being South Africa’s main livestock the province provides 30% of SA’s wool and 80% of SA mohair. Dairy farming provides 20% of SA production of milk.
The province has the only significant allocation of land suitable for plantations still available in South Africa, approximately 120 000ha. Sawmill activities account for 23% of SA’s forestry and logging production. The extensive billion rand investment by the Steinhoff furniture group in the Eastern Cape timber industry is further proof of the opportunities available within this sector.
The area also lends itself to excellent results with multispan greenhouse production and is currently a leader in hydroponic tomato production. South Africa has an extensive natural endowment and offers tremendous opportunities to process natural plants for cosmceutical, nutraceutical, phytopharmaceautical and essential oil purpose.
The ELIDZ is also making meaningful strides in the agro-processing sector. There are already two enterprises that are operational in the zone in this sector and in the last 12 months the organisation finalised the Agro-Industrial Park (AIP) feasibility study. The AIP will see the clustering of various agri-business role-players, including manufacturers, processors, logistic companies and other complimentary service providers in an eco-friendly manner within the same precinct.
- CSIR managed laboratory for water testing and nutritional analysis of various food samples
- A service provider within our premises who collects and sort industrial waste, giving some convenience to all industrialists in the zone.
- In line with its strategic objective of facilitating investment within the agro-processing sector, the ELIDZ is inviting capable investors to submit their projects as part of the envisaged Agro-Industrial Park, focusing on horticulture in general, meat processing and other supporting services.
- To further strengthen the value chain of various commodities in the region and improve productivity, the ELIDZ seek to collaborate with either companies or institutions in the biotechnology field during the development or promotion of safe and tested technologies.
- The integration of emerging farming enterprises into the value chain is a competitive imperative in the regional agro-industry. The ELIDZ is therefore inviting and/or proposals from developed businesses seeking to participate in such a process.
- The ELIDZ is working with the private investor on vegetable oil trials in the region, and is seeking a strategic foreign investor in the project, with either financial resources, expertise and/or excess to markets.
Close proximity to extensive forestry activities
Close proximity to mohair producing areas
Abundant availability of raw material supplies
A strategic government supported timber project