Agronomist Job in Kenya

Our Client is in the Agricultural  Sector currently recruiting an Agronomist.

The company grows horticultural products for the export market and are currently growing french beans and baby corn to meet high levels of demand for vegetables in the export market.

Job Purpose

The Specific Tasks For This Position Include

  • Implementation of good crop husbandry – Oversee the process from ploughing, planting, crop management  to harvesting in according to International Food Quality and Safety Standards
  • Development of a production plan – planting , harvesting dates
  • Developing a spraying programme based on KEPHIS approved list
  • Oversee Quality Assurance of Farm products – Development of Job aids for Farm use workers
  • Lead and oversee all the required certification processes for the company’s food products including GLOBAL GAP Certification, Organic Certification, Fairtrade and Nurture.
  • Training of staff and out growers- orient  farm workers and out growers to ensure staff wok in compliance with good Agricultural Practices  and contribute to meeting the companies production targets
  • Work with the Farm manager to develop daily, weekly and monthly work plans that support the company’s annual plans and strategic objectives
Key Responsibilities
  • Hands on – Good at Managing people – Responsible for the output of this role
  • Crop rotation planning and hybrid/variety selection recommendations
  • Regular field checks & detailed computerized field reports & permanent record keeping
  • Insect, weed & disease monitoring / diagnostics and chemical, fertilizer & seed recommendations
  • GAP Certification
  • Soil & Water Sampling –  Soil moisture status monitoring
  • Crop budgeting & planning
  • Manure and Pesticides Schedule
  • Irrigation scheduling
  • Harvest Schedule
  • Training Schedule
  • Oversee Auditing by the relevant authorities KEPHIS & HCD compliance
Skills
  • Good diagnostic and decision making skill
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate – verbal & written skills Knowledge of English and Swahili
  • Demonstrate skills in sales (our agronomists do not sell products – only quality service to farmers)
  • Ability to work independently and proceed with objectives without close supervision
  • Desire to serve farmers and others involved in the agriculture industry
  • Desire to remain updated with new agricultural trends and technology self-motivation, willingness to learn and good work ethic
  • Ability to work outside during heat of day & ability to walk several miles per day
Educational Level: Bachelor’s Degree / Diploma in Agriculture with emphasis on agronomy, crop, soil, weed management, agri business, or other agri science course work
 
If you feel you fit the above role, please send your CV only quoting the job title on the email subject to jobs@alternatedoors.co.ke
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