“We support everything we sell, from the smallest hand fertiliser spreader to the largest combine harvester,” says Katuna Sinyangwe, Sales & Marketing Manager, AFGRI Equipment Zambia.
AFGRI Equipment enjoyed the opportunity at Agritech to spend time with their clients. There is no doubt that the past two years have been difficult for farmers with unusual weather patterns and low commodity prices.
“We want our customers to know that, even in bad times, we are here to support them. We can also see that there is an improvement in everybody’s outlook. The first quarter of 2019 is more promising than last year,” he says.
AFGRI Equipment invested heavily in the right skills for technical support, and their technicians receive training on all the equipment they sell. “We have the skills, we have the workshops and services, and we have the spares and the logistical support to obtain the spares we don’t have.”
To be successful in the agricultural sector in Africa, you need to be resilient and be able to adapt. Katuna says farmers are looking for improved production and other avenues than the traditional ways of maize farming to generate income.
Small-scale farmers are exploring crops such as soya beans, wheat and vegetables.
He says: “They need higher yields in small areas, and we are here to help them. With the right farming practices, you can increase your yield without adding to your production costs.
“We do not only sell equipment; we offer solutions. We also help famers to find financial solutions and we are constantly expanding our range of equipment to cater for all farmers and farming conditions.”
The AFGRI stand at Agritech was once again a beehive of activity with crowd-drawing demonstrations of the best agricultural equipment available to farmers in Zambia.
On the tractor side the focus fell on the popular 5E series, also demonstrating the new 80 to 90 hp (59 to 66 kW) tractors, filling the gap between the lower kW and higher kW range. On the equipment side, suppliers such as LEMKEN, Falcon, Orthman, Rovic Leers (Krone), JCB, Backsavers, and of course John Deere showed the quality of their products.
Farmers should be on the lookout for the new model 4WD 3B-series coming to Zambia. The 3045B and 3050B high spec small tractors will be launched in a few weeks at very competitive prices.
Contact Katuna Sinyangwe at +26(0)21-127-3759 or +26(0)96-677-8010 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to become an AFGRI-farmer.