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Head Agronomist/ CTO

Published on 09.10.2020

Company

Website : http://www.avagro-group.com
Industries :
Agriculture, fishing, aquaculture
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AvaGro is an agricultural solutions provider, borne out of the intent to contribute to the shift from traditional farming to precision agriculture... read more

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Position : Head Agronomist/ CTO

AvaGro is borne out of the intent to contribute to the shift from traditional farming to precision agriculture in Namibia. In order for us to expand our operations, we are looking for an experienced Agronomist (minimum 5 years in greenhouse and open field) who will be in charge of the cultivation of horticultural crops, as well as skill and knowledge transfer to local Namibians. 

AvaGro is an agricultural turnkey solution provider. Our Flagship project Farm Shalom, is located 10 km outside the city of Swakopmund, at the Atlantic coast of Namibia.

On a total size of now 20 ha, we are growing vegetables and flowers on a commercial basis in 30 greenhouses, shade-netting and open field. Due to the fact that we are located in the world’s oldest desert, the Namib, we are facing climatic and environmental challenges that have a direct impact on our yield and quality of produce.

In the role as our Head Agronomist / CTO, you will be responsible for the supervision and management of our projects across Namibia and SADC region. The following things will be expected for the different projects:

  • Greenhouse cultivation of vegetables, fruits, flowers and nuts.
  • Researching, developing, and promoting Good Agricultural Practices for crop cultivation in greenhouses as well as open field.
  • Appropriate variety selection, based on the analysis of soil, water, and weather conditions.
  • Preparation of regional crop production plans in collaboration with marketing team.
  • In charge of managing the irrigation/fertigation including compiling irrigation regimes and feeding programs for the different projects.
  • In charge of pest & disease management including supervision of comprehensive scouting on regular basis, compiling spraying programs and spraying application protocols.
  • In charge of managing nursery and seedling production.
  • Inventory management of agricultural inputs including Agri-chemicals, fertilizers, seeds, growing media and nursery inputs. Assessing stock levels and filling reports on monthly basis.
  • Keeping detailed records of productions, Agri-inputs, nursery, spraying , irrigation and feeding programs, soil management and yields.
  • Generating production forecasts and reports and presenting findings to management in compliance with the reporting system of the company.
  • Responsible for writing the growing protocols and SOPs affiliated with the cultivation.
  • Operating and maintaining automised reverse osmosis (RO) machine / water desalination.
  • Setting up of agricultural turn key solutions including agro-support for Avagro’s clients.
  • Training in precision agriculture.
Required profile for job ad : Head Agronomist/ CTO

Requirements:

  • Agronomy or related background, minimum MSc level and 5 year’s experience as CTO, Head Agronomist or related.
  • Knowledge and experience of Global GAP, quality standards and health & safety regulations.
  • Knowledge of performance evaluation.
  • Experience in reporting on key production metrics.
  • Excellent in MS Office.
  • Excellent organizational and leaderships skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong decision-making skills and a results-driven approach.
Job criteria for job ad : Head Agronomist/ CTO
Job category :
Management
Industries :
Agriculture, fishing, aquaculture
Employment type :
Permanent contract
Region :
Erongo - International
Experience level :
5 to 10 years
Educational level :
Master
Spoken language :
englishgood level
Number of Position(s) : 1

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