Ramanath Dash, Feed Mill Operation Manager at Namilco Zambia
What is your job title and location?
I am a Feed Mill Operation Manager at Namilco Zambia. Namilco Zambia is located in the capital city of Lusaka, Zambia. We have the largest Feed Mill plant in Zambia. The plant holds a capacity to produce up to 20 metric tons of feed per hour. We mainly produce layer and broiler feeds, but also produce other types of feed like ruminant, pig and fish feeds.
How long have you worked for Namilco Zambia?
I have worked for Namilco Zambia since December 2015.
What are your responsibilities?
Currently, I withhold a variety of responsibilities. My primary responsibility is to ensure that the feed plant and the soya processing plant are operating as efficiently as possible. Every day I analyze the performance of the previous productions, consolidate all the records and review the critical areas that could be improved.
Also, I plan all production schedules and requirements for raw materials to produce feed. Furthermore, I send a raw material report to the specific department at the end of each shift.
Then, I am responsible for the quality of the soya cake produced from our feed mill. If the quality is out of specs, I instruct the operators to adjust the machines so that we can achieve the best cooking performance as possible.
I safely operate the boilers at NMC as well. Every month I send all relevant reports to the Managing Director, the Group Production Manager and the Finance Manager. Lastly, I conduct safety meetings every Monday, and production meetings every Saturday.
What is your history/career path prior to Namilco Zambia?
Prior to Namilco Zambia, I worked in the following organizations:
- 2014-2015, Feed Mill Manager at Central Poultry 2000 Limited, Malawi.
- 2011-2013, SR Executive Production at Godrej Agrovet Limited, India.
- 2008-2011, Project/Production Engineer at Indian Potash Limited.
- 2001-2002, Site Engineer at Larsen and Toubro Limited, India.
Working for Namilco has been a good, professional platform for me. I have been able to work within a team. In addition, working with Seaboard has given me the opportunity to achieve more targets in my professional career than I initially anticipated. The management team has also been very supportive with my work.
In January 2016, when I produced 380 tons of feed in a single day. This proved that the plant could reach its designed capacity. During that same period, we also produced 7200 metric tons in 17 days.
Also, in June of 2016, after having a lot of issues with our Decanter, I found the root cause of the problem. After that I never experienced anymore issues with it up to now.
What important values do you think Namilco Zambia delivers on?
I see Seaboard and Namilco Zambia as an innovative, honest and transparent company. I really appreciate the honesty and teamwork amongst the management team and employees.
What surprised you the most about your job or its location?
What surprised me the most was how the feed and milling industry can be affected by any change in a political or economic crisis. As well as, how serious of consequences they can have on the dynamics of our business.
How do you spend your free time? What do you like to do in the city where you live?
When I have free time, I like to spend it with my twelve-year-old daughter, Silvi Dash and my wife, Sasmita Dash. We often go to one of our Hindu temples located in the city. There we meet with other people of my community.
What is your hidden talent? Or something most people don’t know about you?
I am very eager to work and I feel happy at work. Throughout the years have accumulated a good amount of knowledge in the feed production process. So, I want to be more exposed to milling as I am getting more and more interested in learning about this process. Hopefully, one day I may have the chance to manage a flour mill.