VACANCY: Crop Growing Manager in Kenya

Vacancy Summary

  • Sector: Agriculture, Horticulture
  • Field of Expertise: Operations, Specialist, Technique
  • Work Experience: 6-10 years
  • Preferred Candidates: Both international and national jobseekers invited to apply
  • Posted on: Feb 09, 2021
  • Vacancy closing date: Mar 26, 2021

Job Description

Job objective
Our client's organization is growing and we are recruiting a Crop Growing Manager for them.

Knowledge

Plant propagation
Types of different propagation methods, materials and seeds and their criteria for health and quality.

Fertilisation principles
The study of plant, soil structure, climatic and environmental issues in agronomical production.

Health and safety regulations
Necessary health, safety, hygiene and environmental standards and legislation rules in the sector of particular activity.

Watering principles
Methods, principles and systems for supplying water to land or crops by means of pipes, sprinklers, ditches or streams.

Plant species
The variety of plants, trees and shrubs and their special characteristics.

Pruning types
Different approached to prunning trees, such as thinning, removal, etc.

Project management principles
Different elements and phases of project management.

Budgetary principles
Principles of estimating and planning of forecasts for business activity, compile regular budget and reports.

Leadership principles
Set of traits and values which guide the actions of a leader with her/his employees and the company and provide direction throughout her/his career. These principles are also an important tool for self-evaluation to identify strengths and weaknesses, and seek self-improvement.

Plant disease control
Types and features of diseases in plants and crops. Different kinds control methods, activities using conventional or biological methods taking into account the type of plant or crop, environmental and climate conditions and health and safety regulations. Storage and handling of products.

Greenhouse types
Different types of greenhouses (plastic, glass) and other horticultural facilities such as hotbed, seedbed, irrigations systems, storage and protective facilities etc.

Environmental legislation in agriculture and forestry
Awareness on enviromental legislation, policies, principles relevant for agriculture and forestry. Awareness of the impact on the enviroment of local agricultural precedures and practices. Means to adjust the production to new enviromental regulations and policies.

Pruning techniques
The techniques of selectively removing parts of trees and plants to foster better growth and regeneration.

Horticulture principles
The standard horticultural practices, including but not limited to planting, pruning, corrective pruning, and fertilisation.

Pest control in plants
Types and features of pests in plants and crops. Different kinds of pest control methods, activities using conventional or biological methods taking into account the type of plant or crop, environmental and climate conditions and health and safety regulations. Storage and handling of products.

Types of storage facilities
Different types of devices and facilities used to hold information and their quality criterias.

Quality criteria for storage facilities
Quality criteria for storage facilities such as safe locking systems, ventilation, regularly inspected fireproofing systems, etc.

Plant harvest methods
The various methods, timing and equipment involved in harvesting different crops and plants.

Crop production principles
Principles in growing crops, the natural cycle, nursing of nature, growth conditions and principles of organic and sustainable production. Quality criterias and requirements of seeds, plants and crop.

Soil structure
Diversity of soil elements and types of soil in relation to plant growth.

Skills
Develop agricultural production plans
Develop plans for planting, calculate crop input requirements for all stages of the growth.

Operate horticulture equipment
Operate horticultural equipment and assist with servicing. Ensure that vehicles are roadworthy before starting the work.

Grow plants
Carry out plant growing activities. Carry out grow control considering the required terms and conditions for specific plant type.

Maintain plant soil nutrition
Manage and support overall soil nutrition. Practice sustainable gardening techniques and integrated pest management in gardens both outdoor and indoor.

Monitor fields
Monitor orchards, fields and production areas to forecast when crops will be fully grown. Estimate how much damage the weather may cause to crops.

Store crops
Store and preserve crops in accordance with standards and regulations to ensure their quality. Ensure that storage facilities are kept according to hyginic standards, regulating temperature, heating and air conditioning of storage facilities.

Supervise hygiene procedures in agricultural settings
Ensure that hygiene procedures in agricultural settings are followed, taking into account the regulations of specific areas of action e.q. livestock, plants, local farm products, etc.

Optimise production
Analyse and identify the strengths and weaknesses of solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems; formulate and plan alternatives.

Manage production enterprise
Organise and instruct staff, plan production strategies and programmes including sales. Carry out input purchase orders, materials, equipment and manage stocks etc. Awareness of demands of the businesses customers and adjustments accordingly to plans and strategies. Estimate resources and control budget of enterprise applying business economics, production development and project management principles.

Ensure soil fertility
Analyse soil to determine type and quantity of fertiliser required for maximum production.

Coordinate greenhouse environment
Take care of the heating and cooling of greenhouses. Work together with the Grounds and Buildings Manager in keeping the irrigation systems and the horticultural equipment in good condition.

Store products
Store products to ensure the quality and in accordance with standards and regulations. Ensure the stock facilities are kept according to hygiene standards, regulating temperature, heating and air conditioning of storage facilities.

Make independent operating decisions
Make immediate operating decisions as necessary without reference to others, taking into account the circumstances and any relevant procedures and legislation. Determine alone which option is the best for a particular situation.

Prepare planting area
Prepare planting area and soil for planting by for example fertilising, mulching by hand or using mechanical tools or machinery; prepare seeds and plants for sowing and planting by enuring the quality of seed and plants.Sow and plant by hand, using mechanical tools or machinery and in accordance with national legislation.

Propagate plants
Carry out propagation activities by appling appropriate propagation methods such as grafted cutting propagation or generative propagation considering the plant type. Carry out propagation control considering the required terms and conditions for specific plant type.

Create soil and plant improvement programmes
Develop and advise on implementation of soil health and plant nutrition programs.

Harvest crop
Mow, pick or cut agricultural products manually or using appropriate tools and machinery. Taking into account the relevant quality criteria of products, hygiene prescriptions and using the appropriate methods.

Execute disease and pest control activities
Execute disease and pest control activities using conventional or biological methods taking into account the climate, plant or crop type, health and safety and environmental regulations. Store and handle pesticides in accordance with recomandation and legislation.

Maintain storage facilities
Maintain or ensure the maintenance of cleaning equipment, heating or air conditioning of storage facilities and the temperature of premises.

Prune plants
Carry out pruning with relevant tools, related to the different purposes like maintenance pruning, pruning for growth, pruning for fruiting, debudding and volume reduction.

Supervise crop production
Supervise and analyse overall crop production in order to ensure effective production process, taking into account the environmental regulations.

Use agricultural information systems and databases
Use relevant information systems and databases to plan, manage and operate agricultural enterprise and production.

Maintain plant health
Manage and support overall plant health. Practice sustainable gardening techniques and integrated pest management in gardens both outdoor and indoor.

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