The establishment of the Ncera Macadamia Project in 2005 signalled market entry for the Eastern Cape, with Mpumalanga and KwaZulu Natal having successfully grown the nut in prior years.
The successful implementation of the Ncera Macadamia Project in the ten-year period since its establishment in 2005 has meant that it will be used as a blueprint for new macadamia plantations that will be underpinned by:
Training & skills empowerment
Community capacity building
Community wealth creation and rural upliftment
Establishment of a nursery that has the scope to produce quality macadamia seedlings for new orchards
Establishment of a nut drying facility and processing factory
World class orchard development
Achieving higher than industry average yields on the first crop harvested
Given the large number of young trees yet to come into production, the industry has tremendous growth and development potential.
East Cape Macadamia has targeted a total of 4,200 hectares for cultivation in various sites throughout the Eastern Cape with additional sites earmarked for KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
The expansion plan targets 1,800 hectares in the Eastern Cape which includes the Ncera and Amajingqi sites; with the other 2,400 hectares earmarked in KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.