michele t.

Summary

I am an agricultural engineer and pest control advisor, with knowledge end expertise in agricultural production systems and vegetal production technologies focusing my attention on tropical crops and officinal plants.

Moreover, I provide solutions for all types of insects and urban pests, by identifying the pests and knowing exactly where and how they grow and taking the most appropriate actionts to control them in accordance with Integrated Pest Management.

Lastly, my competences ranging from food protection, food security through to Haccp system application and ISO standars.

Experience

Agricultural Expert
Alle Fontanine
Italy
July-2019 - Present

Cultivation of officinal plants and medicinal herbs: Mint, Hyssop, Tarragon, Cornflower, Lavender, Common mallow, Blackcurrant, Gingko, Melissa, Calendula, Marjoram, Common sage; Tomatoes and Maize for seeds production.
Land preparation, sowing, transplanting, irrigation, fertilization, green-house activities, and general plant care according with agricultural biological system. Post-harvest processing and drying of plants.

Export Manager
Milani ltd
Ghana
March-2018 - March-2019

In charge from forcing stage of pineapples plants, timely, de-greening, and all export procedures from harvesting to packing. Control of flowering and maturity. Responsible of the quality of the fruits from field to ports. Responsible of the operations and activities in the pack- house and cold-chain. Special responsibilities: use of drone to survey the land, produce maps and assist land preparation and design with creation of 3D model.

Operations Manager
Sam Valley Farms ltd
Ghana
June-2014 - February-2017

Managing the production teams on the farm for pineapple and papay: land preparation, planting, irrigation, weeding, spraying, pest control, harvesting and packing. Responsible for planning, organising and managing the activities in the farm. Maintaining and monitoring the quality on the field as well as in the pack house. Planning finances and production to maintain farm progress against budget parameters. Ensuring farm is always in line with Global GAP standards. Mapping of land with GPS instruments and use of drone.

Agricultural Business Development Manager
Africa Product Development
Ghana
October-2013 - May-2014

Set up and develop new agricultural techniques and horticultural crops (lettuce, pepper, onion, courgette, cucumber) in Mankessim - Ghana. Crop production combined also with aquaponics system. Production focused especially on tomato cultivation: preliminary study and site selection, land preparation, greenhouse design and selection of covering material. Irrigation water quality control and study of its parameters. Soil fertility and plant nutrition: fertilization program in accordance with soil analysis test and crop specifications. Integrated pest management and plant hygiene carried out through cultural, physical, mechanical, biological and chemical methods. Quality of planting material: test germination rate seed treatment.

Project Manager
Green Village Plan Development (Ngo)
Ghana
January-2013 - August-2013

Preliminary study and survey on prevalence of Malaria in Ashaiman - Ghana. Preparing of grant proposal, educational, informative material and documentary in Ashaiman endemic area about Malaria, mosquitoes and other topics regarding vector control. Prelimary study on pineapple crop in the Akuapim-South District: technical support on modernizing and its cultivation. Technical support for other minor tropical crops: Mango and Passion fruits, through organic farming practices

Consultant
D&D srl
Italy
June-2012 - December-2012

Pest control services
Ensure the cost effective functions of all materials, assets pest control equipment. Compiling written report in conjunction with the technicians. Appoint and oversee all daily work for all staff and assistants. Ensure all work is carried out as manufactures, instructions and specifications. Study preliminary reports and diagrams of infested area and determine corrective actions and treatment process. Adhere to the Company’s Health & Safety rules and policies. Develop and maintain good working relationship with clients.

Consultant
Duel snc
Italy
November-2011 - May-2012

In charge of H.A.C.C.P. (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) system for agro alimentary industries (Euroagricola/Avizoo, Fugar).
In charge of pest-control programmes in accordance with I.P.M. (Integrated Pest Management) approach for food processing industries (IPER La grande), communities, hotels, restaurants.
Landscaping services, trunk injection treatments and fog system installation.
Ensure the cost effective functions of all materials, assets pest control equipment. Compiling written report in conjunction with the technicians. Appoint and oversee all daily work for all staff and assistants. Ensure all work is carried out as manufactures, instructions and specifications. Study preliminary reports and diagrams of infested area and determine corrective actions and treatment process. Adhere to the Company’s Health & Safety rules and policies. Develop and maintain good working relationship with clients.

Technical director
Free africa from mosquitoes (Ngo)
Ghana
December-2009 - October-2011

Research and survey in endemic areas in Ghana (Accra, Koforidua, Dunkwa, Ada foah).
Management of anti mosquitoes programme with integrated approach (Information Education Communication, Larval control, Indoor Residual Spraying, Fumigation) in accordance by W.H.O. guidelines.
Ensure the cost effective functions of all materials, assets pest control equipment. Compiling written report in conjunction with the Research Officer. Ensure all work is carried out as manufactures, instructions and specifications. Assist the staff where needed to ensure all problems are dealt. Study preliminary reports and diagrams of infested area and determine corrective actions and treatment process. Adhere to the Ngo’s Health & Safety rules, policies and correct PPE. Develop and maintain good relationship with local communities.

Technical director
Ruggeri & C sas
Italy
April-2007 - November-2009

In charge of anti mosquito, rodent control programme and other minor pests in urban areas: Castelnuovo Rangone (Mo), Savignano sul Panaro (Mo), Formigine (Mo), Nonantola (Mo) and Granarolo nell’ Emilia (Bo).
In charge of H.A.C.C.P. system for agro alimentary industries (Inalca group, Al Parsut).
In charge of pest-control programmes in accordance with I.P.M. approach for refuse dumps (Aimag) and zoo technical establishments (Eurovo, Amadori).
Ensure the cost effective functions of all materials, assets pest control equipment. Supervise and assist staff training. Compiling written report in conjunction with the technicians. Appoint and oversee all daily work for all staff and assistants. Ensure all work is carried out as manufactures, instructions and specifications. Liaise with technicians to discuss day to day operational requirements, achievement and improvement and take necessary action accordingly. Assist the staff where needed to ensure all problems are dealt with professionally and report problems in a proactive manner. Study preliminary reports and diagrams of infested area and determine corrective actions and treatment process. Monitor material stock levels and re-order as necessary. Develop and maintain good working relationship with clients.

Education

Vegetal Production Technologies
University of Bologna
Italy
January-2002 - January-2007

Learning outcomes:
Knowledge of biotic and abiotic factors that determine production processes;
Knowledge of production systems and their impact on the environment, on product quality and on farmers’ and consumers’ health;
Knowledge of production processes used in food production and also for non-food purposes;
Knowledge of genetics and genetic improvement for the purposes of production and certification of plant propagation material.