Integrating Agronomic Expertise and Agricultural Engineering to Lower Costs for Agricultural Projects
|There are many facets to the establishment an agricultural project.|
|October 5, 2016|
There are many facets to the establishment of an agricultural project. Some are purely agronomic – Choosing a suitable crop for the area and the technology appropriate for the crop and the environment. Other facets are engineering based – The design of the electricity and water supplies to the greenhouse and more…
For the past three years, the Agritar Company has specialized in the establishment of different types of greenhouse and net house projects, as well as open field and livestock projects such as the establishment of dairy farms, chicken farms and a fish farm.
Agritar and Palgei-Maim Engineering Synergy
Agritar’s principal expertise is in the agronomic side, because that is the specialty of Mark Fishman, the Company’s founder; but recently it signed a cooperation agreement with the Palgei-Maim Engineering Company.
Mark Fishman believes that the new cooperation agreement will enable Agritar to provide its clients with in-house services all through the planning and accompaniment stages. A good example of the companies’ symbiosis can be seen in a recent aquaculture project, with each Company contributing its specific expertise and accumulated experience.
Agritar also brings in open field and other agricultural projects in sectors as yet untouched by Pilgei-Maim.
The partners view their integration as “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Together, they can take on a range of projects, which each individual company could not deal with previously.
Current Projects: Avocado and Mango Plantation and Strawberry Farm
Currently, they are working together on two major projects. One is a 150 hectare avocado and mango plantation in Nigeria. The area requires drainage and prior engineering planning before it can be divided up into cultivatable plots that will not flood.
The other project is a strawberry farm in Eastern Europe based on pre-signed crop purchasing contracts and a technologically advanced greenhouse system with soilless mediums. According to Mark Fishman, the combination of low labor costs, low energy costs and good climatic conditions, together with the area’s central location for marketing purposes; makes it possible for the two companies to pre-plan and that also means that pre-crop purchasing contracts.
Until now, each Agritar project was divided up among a number of engineering companies. The new cooperation agreement with Palgei-Maim will mean a one-stop shop for the clients, process rationalization, lower costs and new positioning as a leader in the establishment of agricultural projects.