Australian farmers are often leading the world in agricultural science implementation. Our country’s food production is proudly some of the most recognised in the world. However, as the world catches up, Australia must continue to innovate to stay out in front. Vative’s ‘Lean Agriculture’ approach offers efficiency gains no matter what level of technology implementation you have, and often requires little or no investment. It looks at every part of your business, every decision, every piece of work that is done every day, and asks – how can we do it better?
How Vative works in Agriculture
Vative’s Lean Agriculture experts carry out a comprehensive on farm business analysis to understand where the costliest restrictions are, then prioritise project work to release these restrictions. We consider various aspects of your business to develop the best outcomes, for instance:
- Do you need to expand the footprint of your packing factory to increase production, or can you use your space more efficiently by achieving better flow?
- Does your planting, growing, and harvesting process need to be standardised so that you know what is available and what needs to be planted at any time?
- Are you planning to hand over or sell your business to new management or the next generation?
Lean Agriculture focuses on the ‘flow’ of materials and information through your business systems. You can see restrictions to flow every time something stops or slows for instance when:
- paperwork is held up due to wrong or misinformation
- workers are waiting due to machinery breakdowns
- a packing line runs too slow and requires extra labour
- a larger proportion of crops are rejected due to inconsistent harvesting techniques
Vative identifies, coordinates and implements projects as required, providing Lean management training to allow your business to continually and independently find and eliminate restrictions to reduce cost.
Services we Offer
Vative provides you with the skills to map the processes in your organisation, and capture the systems that you use, in order for you to standardise and formalise them. This allows you to solidify the work you have done in setting the business up and reinforces the best way of doing things.
Lean Agriculture, (which incorporates Lean Six Sigma principles) has been notably successful in food processing and food supply chain logistics and has thus become a necessity as a framework for best practice and longevity.
With food supply chains and processors continuing to put pressure on producers it is now more important than ever to learn and begin to implement these methodologies.