Farmer-to-Farmer Agronomist
ncba-clusa
El Carmen, Ecuador
hace 5 días

Job Description

NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking 2 (1- remote US volunteer and 1- volunteer based in Ecuador) qualified Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer candidates for the position of Agronomist to support Asociación de Exportadores de Plátano del Ecuador (ASOEXPLA) based in El Carmen, Ecuador.

ASOEXPLA was established in 2015 to represent the plantain exporting sector of Ecuador. They now represent 80% of the plantain sector in Ecuador.

ASOEXPLA’s aim is to benefit their members through social and environmental responsibility. The provide their farmers with access to lectures and trainings to raise awareness of pests and diseases among other good agricultural practices.

ASOEXPLA’s clients are located throughout Europe, the United States, Africa, and South America.

Despite this success, ASOEXPLA is having problems with soil management. The quality and productivity of the plantain fruit is poor in El Carmen.

Farmers produce 1 / 4th of the fruit other regions’ farmers produce. In addition, only half of their fruit is eligible for exporting due to its damages or stains.

These issues are stemmed from poor fertilizing practices. Most organic farmers do not apply anything to their soil and other farmers accept the recommendations of fertilizer suppliers often receiving products they do not need.

ASOEXPLA needs their farmers to understand basic soil nutrition principles and the volunteer can help them achieve this.

Duration : 2 Weeks (January June 2022)

ESSENTIAL AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY :

  • Analyze and provide constructive feedback about the association's current techniques and methods for fertilization and soil nutrition.
  • Develop comprehensive training on plant nutrition (including the importance of macro and micro elements).
  • Teach participants how to obtain soil and plant samples for analysis.
  • Basic interpretation of soil analysis.
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