Selebi Phikwe Citrus

Selebi Phikwe Citrus is the first and biggest horticulture and citrus project ever undertaken in Botswana.

It aims to deliver quality fruit from the heart of Africa, whilst having a positive social and environmental impact on the communities in which the fruit is produced.

The SPC Project is envisaged to become a model citrus development in the region and the flagship horticultural development of Botswana and is situated adjacent to the town of Selebi Phikwe in the South-east of Botswana.

The land is leased from the local Mmadinare community for 31 years with an automatic renewal clause for a further 50 years. Water supply will be from two dam reservoirs, the Letsibogo and Sashe dams, with a combined capacity of some 150 million cubic meters, with an approved water allocation to the project of 8 million cubic meters out of the Letsibogo dam. Electricity supply will be from BPC, while back-up generators will be present for pump stations as well as the packhouse.

The development will be on a 1,500-hectare site, with 800 hectares of citrus orchards and 400 ha of other fruit to be developed between 2020 and 2025 in two phases of development. Informed by the climatic factors particular to the site, the orchards will be planted with a range of citrus cultivars, including Mandarins, Valencia oranges, Lemons and Grapefruit.

Labour will primarily be sourced from the Selebi Phikwe area, which is expected to be in ample supply given the liquidation of the BCL mines. The project will ultimately employ some 1,500 permanent and seasonal workers, to a great extent mitigating the unemployment tragedy caused by the closure of the BCL mines.

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