Meet the Team

Meet Our Team

John Kismet Jashar

KISMET GROUP - CEO/PRESIDENT/DIRECTOR

John was raised on his family's orchards in Shepparton, Victoria and has spent most of his life in agriculture and horticulture, as well as food and beverage production. This has provided John with invaluable experience in production, marketing and distribution, together with firsthand experience of the shipping and transport industries. John spent 5 years prior to 1992 travelling throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the USA, researching business opportunities, and securing sources of select speciality products best suited to the Australian Organic and Sustainable Food and Agriculture Industries.

John's research and studies proved that worldwide demand for chemical-free, Organic products was increasing, underpinning the future of sustainable agriculture. Further investigations revealed that the Australian marketplace had no regular reliable supply of high quality organic phosphate, yet Guano had long been very successfully marketed in the extremely sensitive Japanese market.

Upon securing the exclusive long term product supply rights for the Australian marketplace, the decision was taken to proceed with the launch of Madura Guano Gold Kwik-Start, which is produced according to our specific required technical standards to suit Guano Australia's requirements. Guano Australia Pty Ltd is 100% owned by KISMET INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD, and as such is truly 100% Australian owned.

Guano Australia operates from its Australian Head Office based in Buderim, Queensland, from modern well equipped facilities and is strategically poised to lead the organic fertiliser industry well into the 21st century and beyond.

Guano Australia Pty Ltd, provides direct farmer support via its dedicated "Hands on" Corporate Team, together with the support of our independent Agronomists, Technical Representatives and our valued distributor network, are all highly trained and qualified in their respective fields, particularly in Organic/Bio-Dynamic and Sustainable Agricultural and Horticultural farming methods.

Robert Drewitt

BcSc (Ag)

Member of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority Member No 40617 and holds an Australian Credit Representative Number 503369 & Cert IV in Finance and Broking.

“My industry background in agribusiness finance coupled with agronomy experience provides me an ability to achieve workable solutions for the Kismet Group of Companies’ clients and their stakeholders.”

Robert joins us having worked as a Senior Agribusiness Manager in an Australia Bank for the past ten years and before that, nine years of in field agronomy experience. After leaving the University of Western Sydney with a degree in Applied Agricultural Science, Robert worked a further 5 years in Agribusiness lending for the Primary Industry Bank of Australia.

This experience provides Robert with a valuable insight into Australian farming businesses and the driving forces that impact and underpin their economic survival. 

Robert has settled numerous financial transactions, including large complex lending for both Agricultural farms and the Agricultural supply chain. Roberts’s first-hand knowledge in working within the confines of the banking industry is an asset on these formal appointments. 

The professional experience Robert has is predominantly in rural based industries including with sugar, ethanol, grains, horticulture as well as feed milling, rural merchandise retailing and meat processing.

Robert is uniquely placed with his finance background to achieve the best outcomes for all of our stakeholders with a diversified skill set to facilitate change management or provide rural finance and hands on agronomy solutions.

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WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY

Being so far away from our markets, durability is critical and the Silica is really good in terms of hardening up the skin and making the melons better to transport.Ord River WA irrigator David Menzel-Barradale
The problem with many organic fertilisers is that they have very low rates of nutrients, meaning you need to put out high rates. A product like Guano Gold has 12pc P, whereas Guano Sulphur Gold has 10.5pc P, obviously with additional sulphur. These figures compare very favourably with something like a single superphosphate product. Agronomically, it’s a good product in any setting, not just for organic producers.Garry Allison, Landmark Agronomist. Mount Gambier, SA
For the broadacre croppers, Guano Gold works really well in paddocks where they have had issues with nutrient tie-up. He said the majority of synthetic P products have large rates of water soluble P. The problem with that is that you can have instances where it ends up tying up zinc in the soil so you run into problems with zinc deficiencies. Not only does the slow release nature of the Guano Gold product work well over the entire season, it also contains zinc for the crop as well as the other nutrients.Moree agronomist Rob Drewitt
We strongly recommend the Guano Gold products to fellow farmers if they are looking at improving their Calcium and Silica levels using various methods of application such as foliar and granular.James and Aimee Thomas Falkirk Macadamia Farm
I have recommended Guano Gold products for 20 years and in all cases had excellent long-term results increasing in pasture productivity.Paul Baguely - PB Ag Consulting
They are high analysis products so you get your nutrients without having to put too much fertiliser out.Anthony Beutel, Googa Farm Organics
We have known since the 1930s that phosphorus is one of the main elements required to grow a successful crop of not just the (flax) plant but the seed. It was one of those products that was first out in a granular type form and it was so much easier to get an even coverage over the ground, rather than a powder form. Later on the product became a little more refined, so we could put it through our air-seeder. We also broadcast some of it, prior to seeding, when we are cultivating ground. The products have great characteristics in relation to phosphate and silica, which is exactly what we need for flax.Waltanna Farms flax-seed farmer & Ambassador for Guano Australia, Michael Nagorcka