Nectar Farms is committed to revolutionising the way we grow produce. A combination of growing urbanisation, population, erosion, desertification and climate change has sparked the need to change the way Australia grows and exports produce. Nectar Farms is pioneering the Green and Smart farming initiative to increase exportable produce and reduce the inefficiencies of supply and pricing to satisfy global demand. Our strategic advantage is the production of high yields of premium produce compared to traditional farming methods, a solution for farmers in regional Australia, emphasis on community and local engagement and secured land titles with exciting growth potential. We are set to revolutionise agriculture, produce higher quality yields and change the way the world eats.
Nectar Farms protected cropping has the following benefits that make it a compelling market solution:
Reduce land requirement: Our model needs considerably less land compared to traditional farming, while significantly increasing production yields per square metre.
Eliminate climate-related production issues: Ensuring year-round consistent supply for crop production.
Provide year-round premium produce: We have focused our investment in crops that have the potential for year-round production windows. 95%+ of our produce will be 1st grade.
Provide high-yield produce: We will use innovative automated crop production methods, along with increased picking cycles to provide earlier maturation and fruition of produce and maximise yield per square metre.
Superior flavour and shelf life: Hydroponic crops have significantly improved flavour and shelf life over field-grown crops, bringing better value for consumers.
Flexible crop output: We have multiple crop growing options to maintain a nimble business model, with the same glasshouse layout suiting all four chosen crops.
Minimise our carbon footprint: By using a closed-loop water, nutrient and waste recycling system and innovative automated crop production; by reducing ‘food miles’ by being close to market and export facilities.
Minimise our reliance on unsustainable or diminishing resources: By adopting water recycling programs to reduce the volume of water needed by approximately 35% and reduce fertiliser use by 60%; By using hydroponic systems to reduce water usage from 37,000 litres to just 600 litres (per output of $100, field-grown vs hydroponic).
Eliminate usage of chemical pesticides: By using beneficial insects as an alternative; and by growing in glasshouses using a high-wire system.
Minimise construction time and costs: Our glasshouses are quick to construct, and are modular - allowing easy replication.
By growing in protected cropping environments, using leading-edge technologies, and having 52-week production windows and rapid harvest protocols, Nectar Farms will ensure consistent delivery of quality produce and year-round supply capability at scale. By
combining the technologies of climate-controlled greenhouses and hydroponics, it is evident that the cost/benefit of this form of farming is considerable versus traditional broadacre, field farming.
Greater density, with higher yield, at premium quality, can return 20x more revenues per hectare - "smart farming" triggers the multiplier effect of protected hydroponic cropping. This is evident with the Nectar Farms glasshouse solution - 2x density leads to 9x yield and increased premium product ratio ensures 20x revenues are possible per hectare of land, comparable to traditional farming methods. With low capex and reduced opex, Nectar Farms is a high performance growing solution.
In addition, the business model is completely modular and can take the form of multiple glasshouses, in close proximity or at different sites, to create a food hub. This enables supply to local markets, supermarkets or sufficient production for export. The ability to provide a consistent, premium supply of vegetables is favourable when trying to secure off-takes and contracts with major importers, wholesalers and retail buyers. Tomatoes, cucumbers and capsicums, the initial product lines, are high demand products in target markets.
"Modern glasshouses using closed and controlled production systems deliver far superior results. Australian growers need to think beyond the square of traditional broadacre farming and embrace this modern and efficient form of horticulture"
Graeme Smith, Principal, Graeme Smith Consulting and former Advisory Board Member, Nectar Farms. For more information about glasshouse farming and our various sustainable agriculture projects emails us on firstname.lastname@example.org