The job of a Farm Manager is a recognized role in the agricultural sector in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It has many of the same functions as those of a Production Manager in a commercial production environment. The responsibility of a Farm Manager includes planning, coordinating and controlling the day-to-day operations of a farm, with a focus on yield and farming profitability. In order to be a successful Farm Manager in the UAE, you must exhibit the following key qualities:
The farm manager in the UAE will assume responsibility for the entire administration of the agricultural produce on the farm. Throughout the year, the Manager will handle day-to-day decisions, implementing and maintaining policies and procedures that address the various aspects of farming.
The Manager will also take on full responsibility for all the livestock’s nutritional requirements, from hay to dairy, sheep to poultry. The Manager is also responsible for reporting to the company’s Board of Directors, reporting on farmer and consumer surveys, marketing programs and evaluating crop reports and quality reporting.
Through the direct management and oversight of a myriad of key activities – from planting, planning, growing, harvesting, production, packaging, and shipping all natural products from the farm to the consumer – the Manager will ensure effective and efficient operation of the farm.
On an operational level, the Manager is responsible for ensuring plant health, productivity, and related field maintenance. This includes ensuring plant genetics are maintained and that crop fields are kept in optimal conditions for productivity.
Managing the irrigation system to ensure proper timing of irrigation, ensuring adequate water use efficiency and reducing water wastage are other important tasks. Ensuring that the necessary approvals and permits are in place for major activities such as construction, fencing, seedling, or nursery, etc. are other key responsibilities.
To be successful in the role of a Farm Manager, one must possess exceptional interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and a strong background in agronomy. Prior experience of working in a related field will help to give you an edge, but this is not essential.
A background in agricultural science and/or a four-year degree in a related field is a plus, especially if you are seeking a position as a Farm Manager in the next five to ten years. Applicants who have an interest and aptitude for working with horses, pigs, poultry, deer, wildlife, etc., will be successful in gaining employment as a Farm Manager.
If you are seeking a challenging position in a fast-growing industry, the contract farm manager may be a great choice for you.