Published
November 11, 2020
Location
Mokopane, South Africa
Category
Job Type
Job Category
Agronomy (crops) and horticultural production, Environmental and natural resources (soil, water), Plant nutrition, plant protection, Plant propagation and nursery management, Technical support, extension
Accept Terms and Conditions
Yes

Description

The company situated in the Waterberg of Limpopo, is an industry leader in the Production, Packing, Exporting and Marketing of Certified Organic produce. Both Organic Fruit (Stone Fruit and Appels) and Organic Vegetables (Sweet Potatoes and Cucurbits) are produced Organically on large scale for Export and Local Markets.

They are looking for a Technical Manager - Agronomy & Orchards; to render technical support assistance to production managers using organic methodology to optimally cultivate apple-, stone fruit-, sweet potato- and pumpkin cultivars or any other crops.

Reporting to the C.O.O. and/or duly authorised Executive

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS:

  1. Orchard Inspections and technical advice
    • Insect and disease monitoring and control advice
    • Setting up fertiliser programs
    • Weed management
    • Measurement/controlling of soil moist levels for effective irrigation
    • Net-structure management
    • Pruning and thinning
    • Bud- and fruit yield
  1. Agronomy/Field Inspections and technical advice
    • Identify new cultivars
    • Plant of trial fields
    • Insect and disease monitoring and control advice
    • Setting up fertiliser programs
    • Weed management Measurement/Incentive Measurable
    • Measurement/controlling of soil moisture for effective irrigation
    • Plant density
    • Yield monitoring
  1. Research and Trials                                                                                                      
    • Identification of new cultivars
    • Planting trial fields
    • Recordkeeping of trial data and outcome
    • Pruning and training methods
    • Plant manipulation
    • Fertilisation trials and recordkeeping of data
    • Procurement and trial of new pest/weed control products and methods
  2. EM Production
    • Production of product with recordkeeping for audit conformance
    • Monthly microbiological testing
  1. Fertilizer (compost) Production                                                                                  
    • Manufacturing of crop specific fertiliser using organically permitted materials for to specific application/requirement (fields and orchards)
    • Temperature management

 Measurement/Incentive Measurable

  • Weekly reports
  • Success of trial results and reporting
  • Production VS Budget

Position Requirements/Skillset

  • Tertiary qualification in Agriculture or Horticulture
  • Eight (4) years + practical experience in a farm environment
  • Knowledge and experience in organic / biological methodology / applications a necessity
  • Knowledge of apple, stone fruit, cucurbit-crops and sweet potato
  • Computer skilled

Personality Traits:

  • Christian
  • Fully bilingual
  • Must be able to function in a team and individually as required
  • Innovative thinker
  • Strong personality
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