Farm Forage Agronomist

at Balaton Agro Investment PLC
Location Welkite, SNNPR, Ethiopia
Date Posted July 16, 2020
Category Agriculture
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


We, Balaton Agro Investment plc, are building up an integrated dairy farm located 160 km south-west of Addis Ababa close to Welkite. We are starting our own forage production on a current 141 ha, which we intend to increase to 500 ha in phase 1. For the cattle beside some hay and ‘cut & carry’ feeding main focus is silage conservation.

We search for a Farm Forage Agronomist

Job Requirements

We expect

  • University degree (PhD or Master) in agronomy, agricultural science, plant production with a very strong focus on forage and grassland management
  • We want to encourage multiple applications, a minimum of 2 years relevant experience for PhDs and over 5 years for Masters is necessary.
  • Proven track-record of work field experiences and management skills
  • Any international work and study experience abroad would be an asset
  • Choosing suitable species and cultivars, rotation design, seed density and spacing, growth and development monitoring, proper weed, pest and disease control, timing of harvest
  • Background in soil tillage, mitigate soil erosion, soil water issues, i.e. drainage/irrigation
  • Impact of fertilization on soil nutrient level, crop need, pH, and soil organic matter linked with applying certain fertilizer, lime and manure
  • Support domestic sourcing of these quality crop-field input needed
  • Set up and maintain fencing, guarding and prevent stealing of crops; planting hedgerows
  • Ensure all paperwork, computerized records and daily reporting of field work, harvest data, cost plan and control to management by clear communication and listings using Excel
  • Fulfil, implement, insist (particular work safety) and follow all legal requirement and obligation of the state authorities of field-farm operations
  • Medium term we intend to develop up to a vocational training location in cooperation with Universities also as an opportunity for you to be involved

Personal skills

  • Pro-active, self-motivated, hands-on approach problem solving and highly organized
  • Being willing to learn and to develop further as part of an international team setting
  • You would work closely and report to a German farm manager permanently on-site
  • We support any meaningful further formal professional qualification and training
  • International consultants will provide guidelines, training and production controlling tools
  • Direct, highly respectful but clearly instruct and motivate staff for field work
  • Maintain a clean and tidy work environment, fulfil any hygiene measure set for a dairy farm
  • Language skills must be excellent English and Amharic
  • Driving license and clean driving record
  • Pay will be determined by skills, experience and references


Applying Instructions

Please submit your application consisting of a motivation letter, your resume listing education, vocational training, subjects studied, and work experience proven by certificates and licenses, Letter of References and/or References to contact, your salary expectation and availability to start at what date.

Please email full application solely all in one PDF-file to Balaton Agro Investment plc, Addis Ababa, until 10th July 2020

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