AGCO has led new project to determine sustainable business models for smallholders and farm service centres in the African region in African green revolution forum (AGRF) in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
Speaking at the AGRF thematic working group meeting on mechanisation, Mark Moore, agricultural advisory manager of AGCO, outlined a new 18-month collaborative project the company is leading for alliance for a green revolution for Africa (AGRA). The project is set to examine the agricultural mechanisation of Sub-Saharan African smallholders and the development of local farm service centres known as agro-dealers.
Moore said that the project was started in July 2017, aiming to assess the affordability of mechanisation systems along with farming practices such as conservation agriculture for smallholders and develop and evaluate the agro-dealer approach for supporting and training smallholders.
The AGCO has partnered with Harper Adams University in the UK, FutureSeeds Zambia and the University of Zambia for this project.
Speaking to the press, Nuradin Osman, vice-president and general manager at AGCO in Africa, said, “The transformation of on-farm mechanisation can make a major contribution to improving rural livelihoods by boosting productivity and growth in rural incomes and making farming an appealing and worthwhile career choice for young people.”
“The implementation of modern farming techniques and the more efficient use of resources empower communities to develop a sustainable food production system and increase farm productivity, thus improving local economies, helping to create jobs and inspiring the next generation to move into agriculture,” Osman explained.