FGM International was contracted by a Russian agricultural company to provide technical assistance for the rehabilitation of an abandoned grain and cereal farm. The client also required assistance to design its expansion from 1 200 ha to reach 25 000 ha within two years.
The challenge was to progress from a failed and abandoned project to the eventual productive farming of 150 000 ha through a series of incremental development stages.
Although FGM was mobilised at the very last moment and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company was able to initiate a timely project restart which led to successful high scale-up implementation.
In order to balance initial CapEx and OpEx requirements and optimise the timing of the investment required for the coming large-scale expansion, FGM International managed the judicious use of local resources. The preliminary redesign of the farm covered the following: