profile

Jan Conradie

Director | Farmer

Okahandja, Namibia

jan@agricon.com.na

+264 81 663 6416

Skills

Project implementation

Marketing

Strategic planning

People management

Problem solving

Farming

Adaptability

Networking

Teamwork

Leadership

Awards

Horticulture Producer of the Year - 2017 (Medium Scale Company)

Education

Ecofilms Australia

Aquaponic Design Course , Aquaponics

January 2017 - February 2017

Stellenbosch University

Diploma , Aquaculture

January 2009 - December 2009

Stellenbosch University

BScAgric , Cellar Management

January 2006 - December 2008

Experience

Director

Agricon Mushrooms CC , Okahandja, Namibia

January 2010 - Present

I started Agricon mushrooms with my father when local mushroom production in Namibia was non-existent. We had to build the company, brand and market from scratch. I learned invaluable lessons along the way which set a standard for how to approach the Namibian fresh produce market. I have the following main responsibilities:

  1. HR Management
  2. Financial Management
  3. Production Planning
  4. Quality Control
  5. Marketing
  6. Operational inputs

Intern

Boland Mushrooms , Slanghoek, South Africa

January 2009 - March 2009

I obtained a 3-month working permit to do an internship following the successful completion of my Aquaculture diploma. This was slightly out of my scope of studies, but in line with my passion for farming and vision for Namibia to be less reliant on food imports. My main responsibilities were:

  1. Water Quality Control
  2. Produce Quality Control
  3. Pest & Disease Control