In the context of the seven-day Africa seminar of the German Farmers’ Association (DBV) under the slogan “Farmers help farmers”, seven leading representatives of farmers’ associations from six African countries visited AGCO/Fendt in Marktoberdorf, Germany, in June. In the Fendt Forum the guests were provided with information about the company and had the opportunity to experience the Vario tractors for themselves on the test site.
“In the next years the world’s population will continue to increase rapidly and with it the need for food. To ensure that the world’s population can be fed high-tech machines like the ones from AGCO are an important prerequisite.” explains Peter-Josef Paffen, Vice President and spokesman of the AGCO/Fendt Management during his company representation of AGCO/Fendt.
One area of particular interest was the high technology of Fendt tractors and its large number of application possibilities. “The important thing is that the African farmers start to organise themselves in independent associations like the African Farmers’ Association and try to create a better policy framework. Agriculture inGermanyandEuropeserves as a good example. In producer groups where the farmers can market their products together, they get the chance to discuss the current price situation. Such platforms having a certain multiplication function are essential for agriculture mechanisation.”, says Willy Kampmann, Manager of the DBV office inBrusselsfor international relations, during the event in the Fendt Forum.
A major topic of the DBV seminar sponsored by AGCO from June 6 to 10 in Bavaria and Berlin was the importance of well organised farming families and independent trade organisations for the African continent. In lectures, discussions, case studies and while visiting farms, producer groups and machinery rings the representatives of African farmers’ associations learned about organisational, structural and market-oriented practices.