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GENERAL MANAGER LIVESTOCK, FORESTRY AND JOINT PROJECTS.

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MAIN JOB PURPOSE

Forestry
To ensure the efficient management of company forests, the profitable production of treated poles and other wood products. Oversee future developments and monitor the relevant accounting systems and performance. To be responsible for marketing and sales decisions and to oversee the preparation of annual budgets and expenditure controls.

Livestock
To apply good cattle husbandry systems to ensure that cattle are reared in a safe and effective manner, this will include overseeing the relevant manager’s duties and reports. The GM will also have the responsibility for marketing and sales decisions, as well as overseeing future developments. The GM is required to oversee the preparation of annual budgets and expenditure controls.

Joint Projects
To ensure efficient liaison with Joint Projects management to ensure land usage is compliant with company policy. To be responsible for overseeing the preparation of annual budgets, expenditure controls and day to day maintenance of the areas not currently controlled by other divisions.
General
The GM is required to generate the prescribed reports and oversee and monitor various environmental programs and interact with relevant government agents. The GM is also required to monitor and make recommendations on future industry trends and maintain close links and involvement with relevant associations. A regular liaison with the surrounding community, community projects and labour union agents is an on-going requirement.
Oversee and monitor security within the agreed designated areas. Work closely with the Assistant security Manager and the local community leaders in an effort to reduce crime.

Responsible for 10 managerial staff and 400- 600 sub-staff and labour.

Employment History
I previously started and built up Kakuzi's Horticulture project that involved the establishment of various export crops including, passion fruit, mango trials, Litchi trails, French beans, tomatoes, mini cucumbers (for pickling), broccoli, baby sweet corn, Citrus, Macadamia trials, asparagus, chili and various other trials. 1988-2001

I started my employment with Kakuzi ltd in 1982 (Nov). I worked in Nandi Hills from 1982 to 1988 as a senior manager in charge of three Tea estates on the field tea husbandry and production side of the operation. During this time I also looked after 100-250 store cattle, sheep and ran medicinal crop trials.
In 1988 I was transferred to Kakuzi's 36,000 acre farm near Thika (Makuyu) until the present time. I took over the livestock and forestry operations in 2000/1.
The livestock herd has improved genetically with the investment of 4-6 top quality studs Boran bulls that have been selected and purchased every year. Strict selection of only the best breeding cows, together with a focus on nutrition and grazing patterns, have contributed to the herds current status. We run 4200 to 5200 head of cattle on about 8000 Ha. Of which 75% are pure Boran cattle and the rest are Simmental X Boran or bought in cattle for fattening. We buy in trade and store cattle when available on the market. This has proved to be profitable and a good way of maximizing the utilization of grazing areas. We hygienically slaughter about 1000 cattle per year which we deliver to to top end markets in Nairobi and Thika.

The Forestry section continues to expand and the value addition through the manufacture of treated poles and timber has proved to be very successful. The treatment plant normally runs 24/7. In addition to this we have recently installed a wood heat treatment plant that has been licensed to "heat treat" timber destined for export to the EU country's. We manufacture a variety of wood products, including heat treated pallets,door frames, all types of treated and untreated timber, bee hives, treated wood gates and types of treated wooden droppers, flower supports, fence posts up to power poles.

Prior to 1982 I was employed by Olerai Ltd that is based on the edge of the Masai Mara. Olerai Ltd grew large areas of wheat and some maize on land leased from the Masai. I was employed as a manager.

Past experience included employment with Ranching and Agricultural Consultants (Kenya), Managing an intensive dairy, Nanga farm, Near Thika. Anderson's Orchards at Kitali, care taking the farm when the owner was ill. Plus a variety of student Jobs undertaken in England whist attending the Royal Agricultural College Cirencester. These included forestry work, milling timber and preparing poles, work on two mixed farms, baling, fencing, sheep handling, cattle rearing, ploughing, tractor driving, combining wheat and maintenance of farm machinery.

Over the years I have undertaken a variety of courses, including, Sales and Marketing, Farm Management, Business Management, Staff Assessment Techniques, Agricultural Machinery.
I have over 35 years experience in applied agriculture, horticulture and more recently Forestry. I am an active committee members of the Boran Cattle Breeders' society of Kenya. Currently I am a founder member of the Kenya Wood Preservers' association and acting treasurer.

Community Projects- (responsible for both project proposals and management).
The Chumvi Solar Light project - to assist school children work in the evenings.
The Kakuzi Hills Bee keeping project.
www.borankenya.org/
www.kakuzi.camellia-plc.com/

Paul Epsom

Work History

GENERAL MANAGER LIVESTOCK, FORESTRY AND JOINT PROJECTS

KAKUZI LTD

October 1988 - Present

MAIN JOB PURPOSE

Forestry
To ensure the efficient management of company forests, the profitable production of treated poles and other wood products. Oversee future developments and monitor the relevant accounting systems and performance. To be responsible for marketing and sales decisions and to oversee the preparation of annual budgets and expenditure controls.

Livestock
To apply good cattle husbandry systems to ensure that cattle are reared in a safe and effective manner, this will include overseeing the relevant manager’s duties and reports. The GM will also have the responsibility for marketing and sales decisions, as well as overseeing future developments. The GM is required to oversee the preparation of annual budgets and expenditure controls.

Joint Projects
To ensure efficient liaison with Joint Projects management to ensure land usage is compliant with company policy. To be responsible for overseeing the preparation of annual budgets, expenditure controls and day to day maintenance of the areas not currently controlled by other divisions.
General
The GM is required to generate the prescribed reports and oversee and monitor various environmental programs and interact with relevant government agents. The GM is also required to monitor and make recommendations on future industry trends and maintain close links and involvement with relevant associations. A regular liaison with the surrounding community, community projects and labour union agents is an on-going requirement.
Oversee and monitor security within the agreed designated areas. Work closely with the Assistant security Manager and the local community leaders in an effort to reduce crime.

Responsible for 10 managerial staff and 400- 600 sub-staff and labour.

Employment History
I previously started and build up Kakuzi's Horticulture project that involved the establishment of various export crops (see blog)

Qualifications & Certifications

MRAC CDA

ROYAL AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE CIRENCESTER GLOS.UK

Kings College Taunton

Paul Epsom

Thika, Murang'a, Kenya