Archive for January, 2013
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Recently, AGCO held a ceremony to mark the production of the first Massey Ferguson tractor produced by AGCO’s joint venture in Constantine, Algeria. “Together with our Algerian partners, we are pleased to produce Massey Ferguson tractors locally in Africa. This is a significant step in our long term growth strategy for the African continent,” stated Martin Richenhagen, AGCO’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “AGCO is committed to grow its presence within Africa by investing in local manufacturing, distribution infrastructure and new training sites. We have committed to invest US$ 100 million in Africa over the coming years.”
The new joint venture in Algeria for the production of Massey Ferguson branded tractors was established earlier last year. AGCO entered an agreement with two local partners – L’Entreprise Publique Economique de Production de Tracteurs Agricoles (EPE ETRAG Spa) and L’Entreprise Publique Economique de Commercialisation de Matériels Agricoles (EPE PMAT Spa) – to form the Algerian Tractors Company of which AGCO owns 49%. The new joint venture is based in El Khroub, close to Constantine, and produces Massey Ferguson tractors for sale into the domestic Algerian market. The production has recently started and the ceremony was held to mark the occasion of the first Massey Ferguson tractor to leave the factory.
“Africa has tremendous growth potential in the agricultural equipment sector and our mission is to provide agricultural solutions for African farmers,” commented Nuradin Osman, AGCO’s Director for Africa & Middle East. “As Africa’s population is set to rise to two billion by 2050, the need for mechanization and training, service and support for small and medium-scale farmers has never been greater.” AGCO’s technology-driven products will contribute to the modernization of the African agricultural market. “The joint venture with our Algerian partners strengthens AGCO’s base of resources in Africa,” adds Osman. “The local manufacturing footprint will allow AGCO to better serve Algerian customers with high quality products and services and will accelerate the development of AGCO’s business in North Africa.”
With over 50 years of experience in Africa through its Massey Ferguson tractor brand, AGCO already leverages alliances with governments, foreign investors and donors to improve agricultural practices in Africa. AGCO also plans to fund the development of Future Farms and Training Centers throughout Africa that will allow local farmers and dealers to be trained on new farming technology appropriate to their needs.
There are big changes happening at Farm Safety for Just Kids in 2013. Starting January 1 the organization will look a lot different. Aside from the new logo and website, farm safety resources will be available to download as PDFs. For free. Including lesson plans, activities, background information, fact sheets, Power Point presentations, and more.
A lot of things have changed in agriculture and farm safety over the past 25 years. It was time for the organization to reflect that change. Rebranding with a new logo and color scheme provided a natural pause to evaluate how we distribute resources. Offering materials online goes a step further in advancing our mission to protect rural farm youth and families by getting information out to more people.
January 1 four safety topics will be available electronically: ATV, chemical, tractor, and livestock safety. Each topic includes background information, lesson plans, activities, a Power Point presentation, and more. The ATV and chemical resources are available for download in both English and Spanish. One page fact sheets will be available on a variety of other topics as well.
In the years to come, additional topics and resources will be added in both English and Spanish. Hard copy materials will be available for purchase for those resources not converted to electronic while supplies last.