FEEDBACK FROM CLIENTS
“Wage increases, economic pressures and the current drought make it an absolute necessity to have a system like FCS in place that would manage labour as effectively as possible.” This farmer manages the citrus side of the farm and his cousin is in charge of avocado farming. On the citrus side they employ 30 permanent workers and 70 seasonal workers and between 12 and 20 workers for the vegetables. His cousin employs 70 permanent workers and 120 during the season. This huge labour force during a long season that stretches from March to November made it a necessity to monitor all labour related costs and productivity.
They started to use FCS almost two years ago. “The system has paid for itself within five months,” says the farmer. “We are managing our labour much more effectively and are in total control of all labour costs.” He added that FCS is not only about labour – the many software packages make it possible to improve the entire farm management.
Vegetable farmers employ 160 permanent workers. This large workforce and the demands of intensive farming is a huge challenge. The production manager says that since they have implemented FCS, most of their headaches have disappeared. Stricter control over their workforce has resulted in an increase in productivity. The accuracy of the system takes a huge load off the shoulders of administration staff. She wholeheartedly recommends the system and emphasises the exceptional after-sales service that is available, often at the most impossible times.
“I needed something to accurately measure the productivity of my labour force, which has become one of the biggest costs on the farm,” says the farmer, owner of a citrus farm in South Africa. He has greatly increased the productivity of his business after implementing FCS. “Wage adjustments are morally right so as to ensure that workers’ earnings keep pace with the rising cost of living while boosting the purchasing power which benefits the economy.” Most farmers accept the fact that they must provide sustainable jobs where hard work is rewarded. This would provide the worker with dignity and set him or her up on a ladder to a better life.
In reality not all workers are equally motivated and it is difficult to monitor the productivity. For accurate monitoring and motivation, FCS is invaluable, especially in these demanding economic times.
For more information about how your business can benefit from FCS, contact Marilyn at: Landline: +27 (0)21 556 2561 | Cellphone: 072 896 6801 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org