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Expert in Agricultural Engineering

Expert ID: 723599 Kenya

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He has been involved in agribusiness for over 17 years. He holds Second Class Honours in Agricultural Engineering from University of Nairobi. He oversaw the Field Services Department as part of his job description. Agronomy also fell under his portfolio as the Agriculture Field Services Manager.

He engages in consultancy for investors and interested persons in the sugar industry in terms of Investment Project Appraisal and irrigation methodologies. He can help plan, set and revise short and long-term departmental operational targets at regular intervals. He has experience contributing to overall company business planning and strategy. He can prepare both capital and operational budgets and control department expenditure targets through motivating and developing staff, consistently achieving and surpassing Key Performance Indicators (KPI). He can ensure the efficient and cost effective utilization of machinery and equipment. He ensures that efficient services are rendered to the farmers and other departments for the smooth running of the entire company. He has experience evaluating that sugarcane of appropriate quality is harvested in sufficient quantities and delivered to the factory on time. He can assist in the development, implementation and periodic review of systems and procedures for disposal of old or uneconomical motor vehicles and machineries of the company. As well as, ensuring that the right type of machineries and equipments are identified and sourced for better production and efficiency.


Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1986 Degree: BSc Subject: Agricultural Engineering Institution: University of Nairobi

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2006 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Independent Sugar Industry Consultant Department: Responsibilities: He engages in consultancy for investors and interested persons in the sugar industry in terms of Investment Project Appraisal and irrigation methodologies.
He completed, under a Short-Term Contract with CardnoAgrisystems Consulting Firm on behalf of their client, European Commission a National Sugar and EU Response Strategy for Kenya as the Sugar Industry Expert for Infrastructure and Agronomy. It was under the Framework of EU Kenya Study.
He also undertook an Irrigation Project Appraisal and feasibility study for the Nyando Sugar Belt for a Chinese-based investor.
Years: 2001 to 2004 Employer: Chemelil Sugar Company Ltd. Title: Agricultural Services Manager Department: Agricultural Field Services Responsibilities: 1. Plan, set and revise at regular intervals short and long term departmental operational targets.
2. Reporting to the Managing Director with responsibility for operational and people management within the Department.
3. Contribute to overall company business planning and strategy.
4. Maintain departmental discipline, accountability and industrial harmony.
5. Ensure the efficient and cost effective utilization of machinery and equipment.
6. Prepare both capital and operational budgets and control department expenditure targets through motivating and developing staff, consistently achieving and surpassing Key Performance Indicators(KPI).
7. Ensure efficient services are rendered to the farmers and other departments for the smooth running of the entire company.
8. Ensure sugarcane of appropriate quality is harvested in sufficient quantities and delivered to the factory on time.
9. Ensuring preventive and periodic repair and maintenance of motor vehicles and machineries are undertaken and ensure that vehicles and machineries are kept in good mechanical order.
10. Monitoring and controlling Departmental compliance in all areas,including effective planning, staff training, recruitment and development, organisation, time management and correct operation of company vehicles, machines and equipment.
11. Reviewing and evaluating regular KPI achievement and producing a regular spreadsheet.
12. Monitoring utilization of fuels and lubricants at all levels of the company.
13. Assisting in the development, implementation and periodic review of systems and procedures for disposal of old or uneconomical motor vehicles and machineries of the company.
14. Ensuring that the right type of machineries and equipments are identified and sourced for better production and efficiency.
15. Communicating daily with Departmental functions - Irrigation, Agricultural Engineering, Workshop, Harvesting & Transport – to ensure effective control and operation of all areas.
Years: 1994 to 2001 Employer: Chemelil Sugar Company Ltd. Title: Agricultural Engineer Department: Agricultural Field Services Responsibilities: 1. Ensure adequate availability of machinery and equipment for land development.
2. Reporting to Agricultural Manager (F.S.) and direct reports from Assistant Agricultural Engineer and Surveyor.
3. Facilitate efficient utilization of resources, both human and material resources within the section.
4. Ensure provision of timely and cost effective services for cane development in Nucleus Estate and out growers.
5. Ensure proper adequate drainage in both Nucleus Estate and outgrowers farms as well as residential areas.
6. Ensure adequate supply of irrigation water for water application and facilitate timely repairs of roads for cane delivery to the factory.
7. Planning, designing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of irrigation and draining systems in both Nucleus Estate and outgrowers.
Years: 1987 to 1994 Employer: Chemelil Sugar Company Ltd. Title: Various Department: Agricultural Field Services Responsibilities:
Years: to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Assistant Irrigation Engineer Department: Provincial Irrigation Unit Responsibilities:

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1995 to 1995 Country / Region: Italy Summary: He participated in Sugar industry Missions on machineries and irrigation.
Years: 1996 to 1996 Country / Region: Ethiopia Summary: He participated in Missions on machineries and irrigation.
He attended an African Sugar Industry Symposium.
Years: 1997 to 1997 Country / Region: Tanzania Summary: He participated in Sugar industry missions on machineries and irrigation.
Years: 1998 to 1998 Country / Region: Zimbabwe Summary: He participated in Sugar industry missions on machineries and irrigation.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Kenya Society for Agricultural Technologists
Licenses / Certifications
Certificate in Management of Irrigation Projects, Mananga (1998).
Team Building Course - Outward Bound Trust (Kenya).
Cost Cutting and Management - Federation of Kenya Employers.
Finance for Non-finance Managers - Kenya Institute of Management(K.I.M).
Financial Appraisal - K.I.M.
Tyre Maintenance - Sameer Africa.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
English He speaks excellent English.
Kiswahili He speaks excellent Kiswahili.

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