The year 2020 has been an eventful year, but not in a good sense. So, how did we make it to June?
1- Box? What box?
During exceptional times, thinking outside the box becomes an essential adaptation mechanism in problem solving. This is definitely not the time to resort to the usual solutions; we must see opportunity at every twist and transform obstacles into opportunities.
2- We’re in this together
In times of social distancing, let us not forget that we are social beings. We can still ask others for help and, most importantly, we can respond to others in need of help. Following strict guidelines in times of crisis can often render us robotic; taking a minute to connect with fellow colleagues, farmers or the laborers we deal with on a daily basis is also part of the job.
3- Follow my lead
Taking the lead is not only just about being proactive and leading a team. It is also about what happens in the shadows. It calls on us to remain level-headed while delivering professionally.
4- No, time did not stop
It might seem like the world has stopped in its tracks and everything is frozen. It is in these exact moments that one should double down on time management, making use of the tools at hand, be it technology, creativity, or multitasking, in order to ensure work efficiency, productivity, and quality.
5- The path of least resistance
It is what it is; we are here right now. There is no point in dwelling on the past, where things were done in a more familiar way. The faster you adapt to the new reality, the faster you will be able to assess the obstacles and put a plan in place and execute it while focusing on the future and embracing uncertainty.
With that mindset, and by following the guidelines above, we were successful in meeting the deadlines of crop cycles, field days, and variety launches with as little disruption as possible.
Transporting seedlings across roadblocks during the revolution, social distancing, working from home, and managing even-odd circulation measures, nothing stood in our way.
On the bright side, we created a new type of field day: human-centered, socially distant and personalized to the specific needs of each visitor group. And against all odds, we were able to launch new varieties.
This is how we made it to June.
This year, the seed department at Debbane Agri has introduced the NOURHANE F1 variety in Biskra in the South East of Algeria. In the past, NOURHANE F1 was intended for open field segments in the western, central, and eastern regions of the country. Its introduction in the region of Biskra in covered fields has produced excellent results, which was reflected by the good behavior of the plant, a fruit size that exceeds 3 kg, the firmness of the fruit (Absence of fruit rot), a growth cycle ranging from 60 to 65 days and its exceptional sweet and fragrant taste. Given the advantages that NOURHANE F1 has offered in greenhouses; namely the precocity and firmness, we recommend that this variety be planted in the early cycle in December in Biskra.
As part of its strategy to develop its human capital, DEAL has launched new training programs. Entitled "Mastering Sales Techniques," the first training was held in May, targeting the sales team. The main objectives of the training were understanding the main issues pertaining to customer relations, discovering the importance of each stage of a structured meeting, mastering sales meetings, learning how to explore the customer's needs, dealing with clients’ objections, and making offers. This training was also an opportunity for sharing knowledge, as a means to reinvigorate the sales team towards development and continuous improvement. These initiatives are sponsored by the company, as they bring out the best in each of its employees.
On April 14, 2022, an educational symposium was held for senior farmers of tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions in the Najaf and Karbala regions to introduce DEMA’s wide range of fertilizers, pesticides, and seeds. With the presence of the General Manager, southern sales manager, seeds manager, and engineers, this symposium was held and at the end of the symposium.
On May 11, 2022, the Debbane for Modern Agriculture Team organized a field day at its Erbil Station. The said day aimed to observe varieties of protected cucumbers, onions, wheat, and barley in the presence of a group of traders and farmers along with the DEMA team.