|About Stewart Middleton|
Stewart grew up within a close-knit farming family in Zambia. Farming and agronomy are in his blood, with his Grandfather being the first person to grow rubber in Malawi and subsequently tobacco in Zambia.
Stewart graduated with a BSc in Entomology and Zoology from the Universiy of Natal.
After leaving university Stewart returned to Zambia to become the Regional Tsetse Control Biologist with complete responsibility for the control of all Tsetse control activities in both the Southern and Eastern Provinces of Zambia. He then went on to become the owner of a mixed farming unit producing Flue Cured tobacco, commercial maize, seed maize, seed groundnuts, and rearing pedigree Brahman cattle. Following that he managed a variety of agronomic projects in South Africa, Zambia and Malawi.
In 1994 Stewart’s vast experience and agronomic skills took him to the Chillik district in Kazakhstan where he was responsible for initiating and establishing a project for the growing of the first crops of Burley and Flue Cured tobaccos under dry-land irrigated conditions.
From Kazakhstan he went on to manage a large scale project in China followed by conducting feasibility studies on the production of Genetically Modified tobacco in Azerbijian, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Zambia and Tanzania.
Having lived and worked in many countries around the world it is fair to say that Stewart is a highly qualified agronomist with extensive knowledge (both practical and theoretical) in both mixed and smallholder farming. He has an enviable track record as a successful project manager with the ability to work under the most difficult and extreme conditions and with an outstanding capacity to communicate and manage effectively at all levels.
Currently Stewart divides his time between his thriving olive plantation in Southern Spain and his UK base in Kent.