Our Challenge

Their goal was to become the largest pepper producer in the region. And our job was to help them achieve this dream by building an efficient, large-scale polyhouse that would guarantee record yields of top-quality peppers 365 days a year. In 2020, Emseni decided to expand its greenhouse operation by 3 hectares, bringing the total size to 12 hectares. 

Project details

Country: South Africa

Type: Large-scale polyhouse project

Crop: Peppers

Size: 12 Hectares production + on-site nursery 


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Project summary

In 2020, despite the challenging global situation, Emseni made the decision to invest in a major expansion of 3ha, bringing their total greenhouse operation to 12ha. Their ambition: to be the largest pepper producer in the region. Emseni entrusted Vegtech Netafim with the project on a complete turnkey basis – Design, Engineering, and Project Execution.

The result is a truly cutting-edge greenhouse project delivering continuous, profitable, and sustainable growing conditions 365 days a year despite the challenging climate. In less than 12 months the project was up and running, and producing high quality peppers for the local market.

Ground was broken in Q1 2020, as COVID lockdowns were enforced around the world, disrupting supply chains and construction works. Despite these unprecedented challenges, Vegtech Netafim was able to successfully execute the project on time and within budget, ensuring Emseni are able to meet and exceed their production targets for 2021 & beyond.

Results achieved

>10 Years

Continuous supply of peppers, for more than a decade using advanced, reliable technology designed by Vegtech Netafim.


~17,000 tons

Fresh peppers produced to date, with updated capacity of more than 3000 tons per year.



Yield per m².


Water reduction due to a closed-cycle irrigation system that captures rainwater and irrigation run-off, disinfects, and then mixes with borehole water.



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Vegtech Netafim have been a true partner in the success of our business. From the beginning, when we were starting out, and now as we push the boundaries of the industry in South Africa, they have always had the solutions and experience needed to support our ambitions.”


Dietmar Joosten – Farming Manager, Emseni

Project services:

For this latest expansion project, Vegtech Netafim supported Emseni with a full end-to-end greenhouse solution:

  • Bespoke polyhouse design
  • Irrigation system design
  • 6MW heating system design
  • On-site nursery design
  • Fully integrated climate & irrigation control
  • Project execution
  • Agronomical planning and support

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