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Good news! Valley makes irrigation affordable to Zambian farmers

Irrigation is the most effective investment that a farmer can make to ensure growth on his farm and in his business. However, this is not a cheap investment and many farmers feel that they simply cannot afford to install large irrigation systems on their farms. Good news for those farmers is that Valley has the solution to make an irrigation investment on your farm more affordable.

Farmers in Zambia can now finance their Valley pivots through Stanbic Zambia, and Valley can assist them with the process. The process starts when a farmer contacts a Valley dealership in Zambia. The dealer will assess the farmer’s irrigation needs and recommend an irrigation system specifically suited for the farmer’s conditions. After the assessment, Valley will issue a quote that the farmer can use to apply for finance with Stanbic Bank Zambia.

The bank will inform the farmer of the documents needed for the application process. Valley rise above their competitors when it comes to new and trustworthy irrigation and pivot technology. They are highly respected and boost confidence, even among the big banks. This is a big factor when friendlier repayment terms are in discussion.

“Banks tend to allow longer finance periods for Valley irrigation systems, for example 5 years instead of the conventional 3 years. This is due to the high standard of Valley’s structural engineering, high quality, and their excellent after sales service. The finance usually covers all above-ground structures such as pumps, electric motors, and pivot structures. The farmers will have to ensure that they can install the necessary pipelines from the pumps to the pivots,” says Francois Griesel, Valley’s Regional Sales Manager for Southern and Eastern Africa.

Valley clients in Zambia have become accustomed to the excellent service provided by Irritech. Based in Lusaka, Irritech has been a Valley Irrigation agent in Zambia for the past 31 years. They have not only erected major irrigation projects in Zambia, but also service clients in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, the DRC, and Rwanda. Some of the major irrigation projects that they have been involved in include Zambia Sugar (Illovo), Zambeef, Silversands, and Kaombe Sugar, to name a few.

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According to André van Wyk, Director of Zambia Irritech, the most popular pivot sizes in Zambia range from 50 to 65 hectares. “We try to get to know our clients on a personal basis while keeping the business relationship professional,” says André.

Irritech Zambia keeps enough stock in Lusaka to meet the farmers’ needs. They assist with the whole process of installing an irrigation system, from planning to building and after sales service. Valley Irrigation has been providing African farmers with excellent service and high-quality irrigation products for the past 47 years. They are able to install a wide range of centre pivots of various sizes. They determine the farmers’ needs and designs a unique solution for every farmer to ensure that he will get the best from his irrigation system. Valley remains dedicated to each of their clients and strives to assist more farmers in growing their businesses.

Valley structures are proven to stand up to the toughest challenges presented by rough terrain, deep furrows, and long-span pivots. In fact, every centre pivot is hot-dip galvanized before it leaves the factory to withstand the elements – making sure your investment is around for years to come … providing you with profitable yields and peace of mind.

For more information, contact Francois Griesel on +27(0)10-350-0055 or e-mail on francois.griesel@valmont.com, or André van Wyk from Irritech Zambia on +26(0)97-877-2550 or send an e-mail to andre@irritechzm.co.zm.

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