Rupex Group

 

FIAT operates as part of Rupex group and is located at 760, Glenbrook Road in Franklin District. The entry to property is directly from Glenbrook Road close to the newly created round-about for slowing down the traffic. The production facilities constitute of 7000 Square meters of greenhouses, adequate farm and support buildings housed on a piece of 24 acres of prime agricultural land. These facilities are primarily used for horticultural purposes of producing vegetable plug-plants and native seedlings and supplying these on a wholesale basis. The Tauranga centre is also based on a rural horticultural site with adequate and greenhouse facilities.

Rupex/FIAT make the following physical facilities at the Franklin site available to students for training purposes:

 

Office, Classroom and Common Room Building

These facilities consist of an office, classroom and common room. These rooms are used exclusively for teaching/training for students. The office is shared jointly by FIAT and Rupex.

Production Facility

The Auckland property has three greenhouses of (GH I) 4000 Square Meter, (GH II) 2000 Square and (GH III ) 2600 Square Meter size and an open space of more than 5000 Square for outdoor growing. The two smaller greenhouses are fully heated: GH II with hot air circulation and GH III with hot water circulation. The GH I is used for growing vegetable seedlings for outdoor crops, GH II for native seedling production and GH III for growing summer and hothouse crop seedling.

Irrigation And Feeding Systems

In general on average we have been producing and supplying about 20-25 million seedlings per annum.

  • We have two sources of water supply: a commercial water bore (300 Cubic/day drawing rights) and a fully lined water reservoir of 1000 Cubic Meter capacity.
  • We use different irrigation systems: hand showers, ground sprinklers, overhead irrigation, drip irrigation, NFTebb & flow system depending on different crop requirements.
  • Different dosing systems such as are Dosatron, Solution A & B with peri dosing pumps, and Electric injectors are used.
  • Different Drum seeding machines are used for the vegetable and the native seed sowing along with small seeding machines for specific operation.
  • A fair level of mechanisation exist for material handling and making operations less labour intensive.
  • In addition, we use various monitoring processes (pH, CF, environmental etc.) to optimise seedling growth.
  • Our plan is to install a modern ‘rolling bench system’ at considerable cost to facilitate better quality, higher and timely production of different type of seedlings.
  • In addition, we use various monitoring processes (pH, CF, environmental etc.) to optimise seedling growth.
  • In general on an average we have been producing and supplying about 20-25 million seedlings per annum.

Although FIAT students have separate facilities to conduct their practicals, the commercial operations happening on site gives them orientation about the potentials and the industry links we have gives them easy access to finding jobs in the industry.