CARD-F Logar River, Afghanistan
Oct 20, 2017Full time
Job Description:Duties and Responsibilities: The Horticulture Officer will work under the direct supervision of Provincial Manager and overall supervision of CARD-F Implementation Coordinator and is responsible for the training and technology transfer to the project Extension Agents and the beneficiary farmers in order to improve the capacity of the High value crops farmers and bioclimatic stores entrepreneurs’ and raise their incomes through effective delivery of the needed technical services. Detailed responsibilities of the Horticulture Officer are as under: Assist and train farmers on best practices regarding the use, maintenance and management of bioclimatic store, and on cultivation of high value crops (Onions and Potatoes); Assess the farmers' current practices and provide guidance on how to address any issues that may limit productivity; Train project Extension Agents on best production techniques, horticulture management and use of crop calendar; Analyze the current situation of High Value Crops production in the province and recommend different varieties of onions and potatoes for cultivation; Provide support to selected entrepreneurs on cultivation techniques of high value crops e.g. planting, managing, irrigation, fertilization, harvesting and storage of high value crops; Provide support to selected entrepreneurs on proper pests, diseases and insects management and use of various chemicals if required; Provide support to selected entrepreneurs on proper maintenance, management and use of the bioclimatic stores; Provide training to the bioclimatic stores entrepreneurs in relation to maintenance, management and use of bioclimatic stores as well as in relation to selection of the vegetables to be stored; Provide training to the farmers on the establishment and transplant of nursery for onions cultivation; Provide training to the farmers on the efficient and effective use of irrigation water and introduce them the most efficient irrigation systems; Establish and provide regular extension services to all high value crops farmers and bioclimatic stores entrepreneurs and conduct FFS; Coordinate closely with suppliers of Farms Support package materials during the distribution phase of the project; Coordinate closely with suppliers of bioclimatic stores construction and other materials during the construction phase of the project; Deliver agricultural extension services to project beneficiaries during the project implementation period; Advice high value crops farmers on better use of fertilizer, water and other resources required for cultivation of the crops; Ensure that bioclimatic stores are designed in accordance with the approved standards considering the quality assurance and quality control functions; Advice and take active part with regards to beneficiary selection, site selection, land preparation and other activities; Advice the entrepreneurs in relation to nutrition/fertilization including type of fertilizer (compost) and their application techniques; Report on weekly and monthly basis to the Project Manager and the Implementation Coordinator of CARD-F; and Undertake other duties and responsibilities commensurate with the role and level of this job as may be requested by the Project Manager or Implementation Coordinator.