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Why choose a technical service for your company?

Why ask this question? Top

First of all because for some companies it doesn’t seem necessary to have technical help from outside the company.
This is serious.
Indeed, today care must be taken with everything we do. If you want to be competitive in tomorrow’s market, it is imperative to hire a specialist who has a global perspective of the world and on the possible development in Agriculture.

Many mistakes are made due to ignorance of the agricultural market and the orchard’s possibilities and also due to bad health and hygiene conditions, bad management and bad accounting.

An outsider’s view is always beneficial. Good communication, trust, sharing and exchanging knowledge can, in the long run, save more money than the price indicated on the consultant’s invoice.

How will a technical, independant service allow your business to develop?

An efficient technical service will help you :

In training crops

On an economical scale, it will be essential for you:


The entire organization of AVENIR QUALITE‘s technical service follows these seven key factors for success.

An example using ‘APPLES’ Top

1 The appropriate market Top

Plant the right variety depending on the client, the geographical position and soil context and find the right customer for the variety.
Through contacts when travelling the technical expert meets potential customers which can create a relationship between producer and marketing manager. .

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2 Know the soil and environnement Top

Do soil and water analyses.
Provide good feeding and ventilation for the soil.
Choose the rootstock and the variety depending on the soil


3 Ensure the best development for the plant Top

Choose the right rootstock adapted to the soil and climatic conditions
Choose the right fence support.
Choose the best training system to ensure growth.
Choose the right planting distance, between trees depending on the training proposed.
Ensure the right planting conditions and the nutrition of the young trees.

All this deserves a lot of thought and the correct advice!
To avoid these kind of mistakes :

Orchard number

variety
ou clone

date of first leaf

training

density

rootstock

Yield 2005

T/Ha

Yd 2006

T/ha

Yd 2007

T/ha

A

SMOOTHEE

1993

AXE

4.5 X 2

PAJAM2

26

27

25

B

GOLDEN

1993

AXE

5 X 2.5

PAJAM2

25

26

26

C

GOLDEN

1990

PALMETTE

4 X 2

PAJAM2

31

29

35

Comments on the causes of low profitability:
Whatever orchard they reached a level of 25-30t/ha !

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Instead it could be :

Orchard number

variety

date of first leaf

training

density

rootstock

Yield 2005

T/ha

Yd 2006

T/ha

Yd 2007

T/ha

D

GOLDEN

1987

AXE

4.5 X 3

MM106

50

54

52

E

GOLDEN

1978

GOBELET

4 X 2.2

MM106

82

56

61

F

REINDERS

2001

AXE

4 X 1.4

PAJAM2

74

54

70

comments on the causes of good profitability

As soon as orchards are correctly planted and well-structured, the yield follows between 50 to 80 T/ha.

A badly planned orchard can have serious long-term effects.


4 Maintaining the initial quality of young fruit. Top

When the fruit is formed as a fruitlet, it must be protected to ensure good growth and quality until packaging.

Health and hygeine protection
Ensuring an adequate protection against pests and diseases that are likely to attack the fruit throughout the whole period from the young fruit until the harvest whilst protecting the workers and the environment.

An incorrect observation of the orchard with inappropriate action in relation to the weather can mean losing the crop completely.

Protection in extreme weather conditions.
Providing protection against wind, frost and hail.
Bad protection against frost can have secondary effects with marks of russeting or flame or ring damaging the visual quality of the produce and changing it from category I to that forthe industry.
This bad protection can provide extra work such as manual thinning out to eliminate the damaged fruit, yet again a loss in turnover.

Quality and organization of the harvest
Choose the right harvesting date.
Have the right number of pickers for the quantity of fruit to be picked.
Have the right equipment to organize the harvest.
Train the workers to pick the fruit in the correct way to preserve its quality.

Bad estimations of the harvest and labour needed can mean a longer harvest, which are dependant on the weather and so there is a higher risk of bad conservation, a sensitivity to diseases and a more expensive harvest.

Bad management of harvest may result in a lost of income of over 30%


5 Ensure regular production Top

Thining Out / Pruning
Ensure a regular production from one year to another.
Ensure good quality production
Ensure the grade based on the market
Thinning out and pruning as any other subject, must be done in order to reach a specific target but if there are severe weather conditions it must not be left to chance.

Here are some examples :

Without reasoning and technical help :

Orchard number

Variety

Date of first leaf

training

Density

Rootstock

Yd 2005

T/ha

Yd 2006

T/ha

Yd 2007

T/ha

G

GOLDEN

1987

GOBELET

5 X 3

MM106

50

14

59

H

GOLDEN

1982

PALMETTE


MM106

79

37

81

With reasoning and technical help :

Orchard number

Variety

Date of first leaf

training

Density

Rootstock

Yd 2005

T/ha

Yd 2006

T/ha

Yd 2007

T/ha

I

GOLDEN

1987

AXE

4.5 X 3

MM106

50

54

52

J

GOLDEN

2001

AXE

4 X 1.4

PAJAM2

52

57

61


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The figures speak for themselves, orchards G/H without technical reasoning are on 60-70 t/ha but with every other year being a bad year with a lack of /difference of 15-30t/ha
While orchards I/J with technical reasoning have a regular yield 50-60 t/ha each year.

Protection against weather hazards.
The orchard must be protected against hail and frost which are the biggest hazards.

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6 Maintain its figures Top

Record the time worked on each plot
Know the cost price ( pruning, harvesting, thinning out, phytosanitary)
Know the maintenance charges.
Know the turnover per plot

The technical consultant should help the company to record all these figures and he must be familiar with these figures in order to consider the technical decisions to be made for the company. (Pulling up of unprofitable orchards, changing the variety, changing the equipment or changing the organisation).


7 Preserve/Save the human ressources Top

It is often said that the company is a reflection of its own boss.!!!
This requires :
Motivating the workers socially and financially to interest them in their work for the company.
Giving out responsibilities to everybody no matter what their place is in the company.
Regular training courses for workers to motivate them to work more efficiently.

The consultant’s role is to observe the negative points and to give some ideas to improve the relationship between the different people that make up the company.

The solution from the expert comes after a long, in-depth study and is not, in any way a standardized solution.

You can be sure that companies that lead the way technically and economically today will still be ahead in future years.

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