The following team make up the core service team of Agricane Limited. Backing this up there are permanent technical and administration staff of around 20 personnel placed in various countries and contract staff of between 35 and 50 personnel employed on various project sites across the continent. A critical success factor has been that most of our key professionals have had line management experience on operating estates or farms and so can give practical advice and guidance in the Operations and Maintenance of any agricultural enterprise.

Senior Consultants

  • Chris Matthews
    Bsc(Ag Eng) Hons,Silsoe UK
    Founder of Agricane Limited
    15 years Executive management
    Extensive experience in project management in countries across Africa
    Extensive experience in consulting in Engineering, Agronomy, Agro-Economics, Management Training and Survey Operations

    5 yrs Project Management, Agricane Ltd
    4 yrs Project Management, Alumenda Estate, Malawi
    2 yrs Agricultural Engineer, Nchalo Estate, Sucoma, Malawi
    5 yrs Irrigation Engineer Triangle Ltd, Zimbabwe
  • B CarruthersAssoc. Degree Sugar Cane Agronomy - Nicholls State University (Louisiana) USA. Anglo American scholarship Agricultural management since 1981
    20 years experience as a sugar production agronomist and technical manager (Hippo Valley (Zim); Nchalo (Malawi); Bindura)
    Training development, Lomaz & Nchalo Estates, Malawi
    Experience with commercial crocodile farming in Malawi

    5 yrs Commercial farming - Maize, soyas, potatoes, wheat, citrus
  • W McKersie BSc(Ag Eng) Hons, Silsoe , UK
    25 years Irrigation Engineering, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Tanzania, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Zambia
    5 years Irrigation Equipment supplies, Zimbabwe
    10 years General Agricultural Engineering, Triangle, Zimbabwe
    4 years Project Site Management, Sena, Mocambique, Sierra Leone

    6 years land forming using Laser technology, Moc & Malawi
    5 years Irrigation training specialist
  • B BijlBSc (Agric), Wageningen (Neth)
    MSc (Land Resource Management), Wageningen (Neth)
    2 yrs Agronomist, Nchalo Estate, Malawi
    3 yrs Estate Manager, Coffee & Macadamia estate, Malawi
    2 yrs Agric. Manager, Lujeri Tea Estate, Malawi

    10 yrs Agricane project management, Malawi


  • B Farfan
    BSc Engineering (Civil)
    24 years experience as civil engineer involved in a wide variety of projects covering the full spectrum of hydraulic engineering such as water supply, sanitation, pipelines, pumping schemes and irrigation.
    15 years experience as project manager in all project phases: feasibility studies, design, tender, procurement & construction management.
  • P Dafana BSc (Hons) Engineering(Survey) – University of Zimbabwe
    2yrs experience in mines in Zimbabwe
    4yrs experience in agricultural engineering works in Mozambique and Zimbabwe
    10 yrs experience management of GPS controlled Land Forming systems covering survey, design and equipment management.
    2yrs experience designing, implementing and managing GIS
  • M von KaufmannBSc Agricultural Engineering
    20 years operational experience with irrigated sugar cane agriculture expertise
    30 years specialised experience covering sugar cane mechanization
    10 years specific Mozambique sugar cane & smallholder experience & Consulting experience in 15 African countries.
  • J Williams BTEC (Dip) Agric. Engineering — Rycotewood college UK
    5 years Irrigation Engineer, Dore & Pitt, Zimbabwe
    4 years Irrigation Engineer, Hippo Valley Estates Ltd, Zim
    4 years Irrigation Engineer, Sena Sugar SARL, Moz
    4 years Irrigation Engineer, Nakambala, Zambia Sugar Ltd, Zambia.
  • B LonghurstBSc Agricultural Economics
    3 Years experience irrigation design and implementation, Zim
    3 years experience agricultural project finance and management
    3 years experience commodity broker, agricultural commodities trader, futures and hedging.
  • Dr R SmithB.Sc.(Hons) : Mechanical Engineering ; Univ. Cape Town
    M.Sc. : Agricultural Engineering; Purdue Univ.; IN, USA
    Ph.D. (Agricultural Systems) : Purdue Univ., IN, USA
    25 years as a Project manager & Agricultural Consultant
    10 years Associated to PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Financial Modelling Specialist, Farming System Analyst & Development Coordinator.
  • Dr A HungwePh.D. (Soil Science) – University of Zimbabwe
    Over twenty two years experience in Soil Survey and Soil Classification; Assessment of Soils for Irrigation; Agricultural Land Use Planning; Solution of Salinity and Sodicity Problems under irrigation, and in effluent disposal.
    15 years experience in Environmental Impact Assessments of agricultural, industrial and mining projects.
  • r longhurstB Eng (Ag Eng) (Higher Hons) (Harper Adams University UK)
    2 years experience as a development manager / resident engineer on a 10,000 ha greenfields project.
    3 years experience as Agricultural and Irrigation engineer on a 6500 sugar cane expansion.
    3.5 years experience in Ground Engineering in the mining sector.
    Vast experience in irrigation design and field layout design.
  • oliver searle 1BEng Civils Hons at University College London
    National Diploma, Agric Engineering (Bicton College, UK)
    2,5 years Agric and Civil Engineering on cane projects (Sierra Leone, Malawi)
    1,5 years structural engineering design, New Zealand
    4 years farm management, fencing contracting (New Zealand)
    1 year civil construction foreman (SA)
    3 years Irrigation Engineer (UK)
  • stewDip Sugarcane
    4 years commercial farming (sugarcane, maize, red beans) Hippo Valley, Zimbabwe
    16 years Agricultural Management and Production, Hippo Valley Estates Ltd, Zimbabwe
    9 years General Manager, Shire River Projects (Outgrower management and development, agricultural training)
  • deanne matthewsDeanne is a trained Personal Assistant and has been with Agricane since it’s inception.
  • Murray Matthews  B Eng (Ag Eng) (1st Class Honours) – Harper Adams University, United Kingdom

      6 years’ experience in Agricultural Engineering
      1 year as Project Manager in Ghana developing 500ha
      1 year as Project Manager in Malawi – 1000ha bulk water supply system
      4 years’ experience in Irrigation Design, Drainage Design and small dams
  • Morne Oberholzer  B Com (Accounting), Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit (RAU), Johannesburg

      18 years Management Accountant at Tongaat-Hulett, Xinavane
      5 years Financial Accountant in South Africa
      3 years auditing and accounting in South Africa
  • Monya van Dyk  24 years’ Bookkeeping & Accounting experience
      Duties carried out include :
      Purchasing & Receiving (Inventory)
      Daily Data Capturing
      Debtor & Creditor Controller
      Pay Roll (Monthly & Weekly)
      Financial Statement Compilation
  • A Church  B.Sc. Agric Economics, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg
      National Diploma in Real Estate, Technikon RSA

      Over 20 years’ experience in sugarcane economics;
      commercial cane operations and smallholder cane development schemes;     
      grower structures and cane payment systems.
      8 years’ experience in project management; feasibility studies; greenfield assessments and 
      studies; business development and consulting and valuing various farm operations and