NAMPO is the biggest and one of the most important agricultural shows in Africa, if not in the world. The annual show is held outside the small town of Bothaville, in the huge western maize producing area in the central Free State province of South Africa. The show grows steadily in physical size as well as in exhibitor and visitor numbers. This year around 70 000 people attended the event over four days.
ProAgri was present in full strength and we paid a visit to many interesting exhibitions:
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Agrico is expanding its own series of implements drastically. At NAMPO they unveiled the new SB1000 fan sprayer (back) to the farmers. The chassis is fully galvanized, the tank is made of durable polyethylene and you can choose between an option of 630 mm for vineyards or 800 mm for orchards. Farmers were able to see the new Agrico high speed disc (in front) that works at 12 km/h. Each disc is spring-loaded and different rollers are available for seedbed preparation. Kindly follow the link to see the implement in action: https://youtube/7SiAuDZJfM4
Many farmers in Southern Africa depend on Falcon for making hay and cutting grass. Anna du Plessis and Bennie de Villiers from Falcon say with the help of the F60/450 Flexwing mower farmers can cut 4,5 metres wide faster with less tractor power and lower maintenance costs, and only need to lift the mower’s wings to move through the camp gates.
Falcon also distributes Amazon spray equipment and at NAMPO, the range of UF-mounted precision pipes with their slim tanks from 1 050 to 1 920 litres that fit snugly against the tractor, gained the most attention. With the FT 1001 front mounted tank, you can increase your fluid capacity with up to 1 000 litres.
The EGO battery system that will enable farmers, home owners and contractors to move away from expensive gas and electricity as power source for power tools, is also one of Smith Powers’ products. With two batteries you can work in the field the whole day because you can put the one on charge while using the other one. Smith Power, mostly known as the distributor of Kubota tractors, plays a growing role in the agricultural sector with a range of equipment that makes the farmer’s work easier from cultivation to storage. In addition to somewhat 40 traders that distribute Smith Power products, they are also opening up ten new branches nationwide: Stefan van Wyk (left) and Annemarie Bremner (right) from ProAgri shared the enthusiasm of Wally Berman, Managing Director of Smith Power, for the new Kubota M7-172 tractor which will easily make itself at home on any livestock or crop farm, with its unbelievable lift capacity of eight tonnes.
Irrigation Unlimited demonstrated their wide range of products on a noticeably bigger stand manned by Barry van Wyk, Ryno Serfontein and Martin Uys. Their Ocmis water-driven irrigation systems attracted much attention from farmers.
LEMKEN caused a revolution in soil cultivation in South Africa as frontrunners in multifunctional seedbed preparation equipment that can – in one movement – cut through stover, incorporate it into the soil, level, reconcile soil and leave a perfect seedbed. The blue team at NAMPO consisted of Rudi Botha, Christo Prinsloo, Karel Munnik, Blackie Swart, Monia Shears and Jacobus Beyers.
Not only does New Holland offer excellent after sale services, but their equipment is also of the best quality. Their CR Twin-rotor harvester made its way into the “Guinness World Book of Records” as the most powerful harvester with the biggest capacity in the market. The harvester that works hard but handles your grain gently, was seen at NAMPO. New Holland is growing in South African and is planning on becoming a market leader.
All ProAgri’s readers wanted to know what the JOLT looks like – now here it is! Jaco Pieters from Rumax, who built the electric bakkie for the farm, said he had to be careful or some of the farmers would just climb in and drive away with the bakkie. Each wheel has its own electric motor and you just have to remember to charge it once a week.
Sharon Kock and her husband, Anton, are the owners of Ember Down, a down processing plant on their farm outside of Ficksburg. They contract out their goose farming and they use the down and fine feathers to manufacture jackets, slippers, pillows and duvets. Nthabeleng Mokoala (left) is their dashing saleslady.