Agronomist (Farm Manager) Rice, Tarda – Kirinyaga County

Job Summary

We are looking for a knowledgeable, thorough Agronomist who can develop better farming practices and find effective solutions for the food and farming industry. The Agronomist will conduct research and field checks, take samples and make observations, perform tests, and identify and solve problems related to plant or soil nutrition, damage from insects or wildlife, weather or climate changes, or the use of specialized products, such as pesticides, fertilizers, etc. Using this information, you will also help farmers develop techniques to increase crop quality and yield. To be a successful Agronomist, you should be focused on developing and promoting better farming practices. You should self-motivated, detail-oriented, and analytical with excellent listening, communication, and problem-solving skills.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description

Agronomist Responsibilities:
Oversee the overall efficient and timely planning, coordination and delivery of own farm and out growers agricultural production in Kirinyaga County.
To include:
•    Securing timely planning and budgeting to secure deliver of target production.
•    Ensuring resources and inputs necessary to deliver production targets are secured and deployed in a timely and efficient manner
•    Maintenance of accurate and up to date records of all operations including and not limited to
1. Crop acreage,
2, Estimated yields and harvest dates.
3. Crop management calendar/s.
4. Field expense schedules.
5. Fleet movement/expense schedules.
6. Labour schedules and expenditure.
7. Stores inventory/movement
8. Harvest and post-harvest operations.
•    Preparation and submission of comprehensive reports covering field operations, labour, equipment, stores, and procurement amongst others.
•    Studying plants and soil in order to develop better planting, cultivation, and harvesting techniques improve crop yield, and solve problems facing the agriculture industry.
•    Researching, developing, and promoting farming practices or products that diminish the effects of changes in soil, climate, and weather or prevent damage from pests.
•    Visiting fields to collect seed, plant, and soil samples and testing samples for nutritional deficiencies, diseases, or other changes.
•    Assisting with the plant selection process and the development of planting and irrigation schedules, budgets, and timelines.
•    Keeping detailed records regarding fields, customers, crops, and samples.
•    Generating reports and presenting findings to the management, clients, or other interested parties.
•    Promoting products and techniques through educational presentations.
•    Managing teams of scientists while conducting field visits or laboratory work.
•    Selling personalized consultation services to clients.

•    Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, and/or Agricultural related field.
•    over 5 year  experience in rice farming
•    Farm mechanization tools knowledge
•    Additional certifications may be required.
•    Ability to work outside, stand, walk, kneel, and stoop for extended periods.
•    Proficiency with computers, especially MS Office and diagnostic scientific software.
•    Exceptional active listening and verbal and written communication skills.
•    Strong research, decision making, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
•    Awareness of industry trends, technology, and developments.
•    Presentation skills are also a major plus


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