On November 10, an agribusiness conference OK Agro was held, during which Alisher Tyazhin, General Director of KUSTO AGRO, spoke about farming, as well as the main problems and risks associated with it.
“A farmer must always be online, observe the data he receives, understanding not only technological aspects, but also financial, economic and political factors, since all of this ends up affecting the general understanding of the market. If a farmer knows how to grow correctly, he should also know to sell correctly,” says Alisher Tyazhin, General Director of KUSTO AGRO.
The agroindustry regularly receives a large amount of data. This non-stop, 24/7 work requires a full understanding of the technology and its importance for increasing the efficiency and control of the production process.
“Any farm that is getting started with production faces big challenges and problems during the first 2-3 years, including the actual thefts. It will not be possible to completely eradicate this problem, but it is necessary to reduce this indicator to the minimum value. This is what happens at the very beginning,” Alisher continues.
The Team’s Unified Philosophy
At the beginning, agricultural companies test crops, return to the previous idea, but then they start to get an understanding of what to sow, how to work and, most importantly, with which team. It is very important for the team to have holistic thinking.
“At the onset, agricultural holdings enter into corporate conflicts, which, as a matter of fact, are natural for a growing agribusiness. However, an important stage is the formation of a team of like-minded people with a common philosophy. Let’s suppose that a farmer sells maize to the port at a good price, and it is very important that demonstrates by his own attitude that he is selling not only maize, but also a management philosophy,” Alisher continues.
Systematization of Agribusiness. Agrucultural Technologies Used by KUSTO AGRO
Another important aspect is the digitalization of agribusiness. Like most progressive agricultural enterprises, KUSTO AGRO works with a basic set of tools. The company uses the Cropio system to clearly understand what is happening on each section of the field, the way crops develop and so on.
The company also monitors the vegetation index, the precipitation levels, conducts technological operations and scouting, which allows us to receive information about what is happening with the development of plants more quickly and respond to problems in a timely manner.
“Precision farming needs to be handled with great care because data interpretation is often not completely objective. We perform mapping of our harvests, where errors in the harvest assessment of up to 10-15% occur as well. It is very important to have the right analytics, digitize and validate them in a correct manner.
In agribusiness, it is important to feel the business itself, delve into details, as farming has many external and internal factors. You need to sit down, approve the plan and work according to it. I will give an example: this year we changed our technological map for the next year 15 times, which ultimately led to the adoption of the right decision on the crop we are going to sow.
This year we sowed winter crops and we believe that there is a good price factor; there were problems with the harvest for the first grain group, so the trading company suggested we should not completely abandon winter crops. This year we sowed wheat using the No-Till technology, and next year we plan to sow spring crops using the same principle,” Tyazhin summed up.