During the following years, the productivity improvement program really gets underway. It becomes increasingly dynamic as progress and results are measured, and the various projects fine-tuned accordingly. To achieve the full results and desired productivity improvement at the agro-holding level, it takes usually between 3 and 5 years. When objectives are met more quickly, our program is finished earlier.
After the first year, progress is checked and the improvement plan is adjusted accordingly. For instance, there may have been changes in the environment of the agro-holding that require adjustments in the improvement plan.
- prices of inputs or outputs
- extreme weather conditions
- government regulations
Several projects are started in line with the agreed (adjusted) improvement plan. The projects are selected in close cooperation with the management of the agro-holding.
Examples of possible projects:
- high-value crop rotation and feed optimization
- animal management and post-natal mortality
- disease and pest control
- young stock management
- irrigation and water supply
- harvest and handling
- soil tillage
- weed control
The specific on-farm training activities are continued, and sometimes new courses are identified and started. All courses are worked out in accordance with the (adjusted) improvement plan, and agreed with the agro-holding management.
Examples of courses for workers and middle management:
- maintenance of equipment
- economics and risk management
- human resource management
- hygiene and food safety
- animal health and vaccination
- productivity and quality management
- energy use, biomass and re-use of waste