Overall Project Master Plan

The overall project master plan comprises an exhaustive analysis of the entire set of feasibility studies; these usually cover the layout of the farm, including fields, camp and special infrastructure location, access roads as well as, the general irrigation network. According to the available studies; e.g. soil surveys, land occupation map or topography as well as, the project’s detailed strategies, FGM International optimizes the land use for the given production area. It is not a standard design, “one size fits all” project master plan but it considers in a custom way, all of your project’s unique parameters to optimize every square meter of cultivated soil according to its potential. Our master plan’s added value is the fact that it is developed focusing on the maximization of production through careful attention to the detail of every individual field, as well as, farm assets, project team skills, knowledge etc. Our team will […]

Equipment Requirements and Specifications

The equipment requirements and specifications consist in an independent advisory tool for the equipment list required for a specific crop. FGM International provides terms of reference ready to be submitted to any manufacturer to obtain a tailored quotation. FGM International’s approach is to maximize production utilising the minimum necessary equipment. The list of required equipment that FGM provides, avoids over-spending on costly and superfluous assets whilst enabling a scaled-up margin. The list focuses on the technical specifications and number of units required without promoting any specific manufacturer. Review of the crop requirements according to the project environment, Review of the equipment’s compatibility, complementarity and adjusment capability to achieve the desired performance, Listing and enumeration of the necessary equipment and indication of the ideal required technical specifications with metrics, power and special features for each piece of equipment.

Workshop Requirements and Design

The design of the workshop is an essential part of a successful project as it will enable good maintenance of the machinery to provide efficient operations, avoid breakdowns and facilitate quick repairs when required. The FGM practice prefers the workshop to be separated from any other service-facilities to promote efficient management. Its size should be well-defined and scalable to avoid excessive initial investment or maintenance shortage due to a lack of working space. In addition to the design, FGM International provides a tool and equipment’s list and related technical specs, to cover all the project’s requirements such as, mechanical maintenance, electrical work and pump, engine and irrigation upkeep. Internal organization of the workshop with optimal size, required materials and facilities, Workshop location requirements, List of tools & equipment.

Warehouse Requirements and Design

The design of the warehouse is indispensable to a successful project, as it ensures the efficient storage of essential parts, inputs and any other consumables. According to FGM International’s standards, the warehouse should be separate from any other service facilities in order to enable efficient operational management. Its size should be well defined and scalable to avoid excessive investment or lack of storage space as well as to facilitate the fast distribution and easy inventory of the goods. For production storage, please refer to our dedicated product production storage requirements and specifications. Warehouse requirement according to the project including size, recommended materials and required facilities. Internal organization of the warehouse.

Maintenance Procedures Guidelines

Our maintenance procedures guidelines aggregate a set of best practices to keep your farming equipment operative in terms of day-to-day farming activities. Agricultural “time windows” may be very narrow due to climatic challenges or complex multi-crop rotation plans. Also, potential equipment shortage of failure might affect the quantity and the quality of the production and inexorably lead to both yield and financial losses. FGM International is recognized for its good management practices, including the day-to-day and after-season maintenance procedure of vital equipment. Our preemptive maintenance philosophy is reflected in our maintenance procedure guidelines, in which we indicate the best time to perform necessary maintenance, in line with production requirements. These guidelines come with a list of key tools and equipment required for maintenance purposes. Maintenance principles and overall management organization. Day-to-day maintenance tasks. Optimal season’s maintenance before and after the cropping season. Overall workshop and mobile workshop organization.

Camp Layout Design

The camp layout will provide you with an optimized organization of your base camp to facilitate your production, operation and management. For remote sites, FGM International integrates the service infrastructure to accommodate the staff. The camp layout should optimize the machinery fleet’s traffic to reduce equipment downtime for maintenance and service purposes. Smart positioning of each facility will also facilitate staff contact to support reporting procedures and HR management. Drawing on its considerable experience of managing long-term agricultural projects, FGM International has sound practice in camp design, which is a key milestone in any project’s development and will provide a practical blueprint of the camp and its facilities. Base camp layout with position of buildings, roads, energy and sanitary facilities, Internal organization blueprint of key buildings (workshop, warehouse, office, storage facility, dormitory and restaurant), Circulation plan avoiding unecessary traffic, Specific recommendations.

Review of Water Resource Survey

The water survey is an overall review of our client’s existing water resource survey to confirm its adequacy compared with international technical standards, using as reference FGM’s previous experience obtained in similar conditions. Water resources are a key success factor for any irrigated agricultural project. These guarantee the irrigation potential of your project and may contribute towards estimating the major part of the project’s initial CapEx and OpEx requirements. Thus, having a robust and accurate hydrological or hydrogeological survey, is critical to secure such investments and mitigate a project’s development risks. Assessing water resources, either from a canal, rivers of deep wells, relies on multiple parameters such as testing wells, bibliographic data and on-site appraisal of the allocated land. It should take into account the water availability, its quality and the water rights. The overall review should indicate whether the water metrics fit the specific crop requirements in terms of […]

Production Storage Requirements and Specifications

An inadequate agricultural storage solution or practices might crucially affect the final product’s quality or occasion extra costs impacting the overall profit. We can secure your investment relying on our recognized ability for managing production storage in various environments and for many types of productions. According to the project’s targets outputs, the storage requirement can involve silos, pads, bag silos, drying facilities as well as cold storage. With a rigorous analysis of the production, the targeted market and logistics, we will deliver tailored and independent specifications to ensure the safe storage of your products. Key topics Review of storage needs according to the production, climate and target market. Tailored storage requirements: type, size, special facilities. Technical specification review.

Energy Mix Appraisal

Our energy mix appraisal product provides the client with a comprehensive study of the energy performance of the full range of electricity generation technologies. Our team of experts will perform an extensive study of your project’s current energy performance (for an existing project) or determine the best energy mix for a new project. Starting  from  the  available  energy  resources  in  the  project  area,  the  objective  is  to compare the full range of energy production technologies (grid, fossil and renewable), integrating criteria such as life cycle and constraints during operations. Also included are the various costs and returns on investment to determine the most appropriate mix of energies to be used, to optimize your OpEx and CapEx expenditures. Calculation of all energy requirements, including seasonal variation, for the project in question. Review of energy generation solutions according to site location and available infrastructure. Contact with suppliers to assess OpEx and CapEx […]

Rapid Site Review and Scoring

The remote site review and scoring product offers an analysis and scoring of the agronomic potential for a defined land area. The scoring will reflect FGM’s advice on the suitability of a determined area for the possible development of any type of agricultural project. It is based on the project’s goals and the prevailing natural conditions. The possible constraints and obstacles to be considered for the project to succeed will be highlighted in our review, enabling the project manager/promoter to have a clear understanding of the situation before investing in further detailed studies or a land lease agreement. Our key competence covers a wide range of crop and livestock production. Scoring (0 to 10) and comments on each of the following parameters: Location in the country, Accessibility towards and from the site, Quality of the soil, Land occupation, Climate consistency for agricultural production, Water resources’ access and sustainability, Energy infrastructure […]

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