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Bishop blesses refurbished MF tractor bound for work in Tanzanian village

A Massey Ferguson tractor refurbished by students attending the AGCO agricultural engineering apprenticeship scheme at the UK’s Moreton Morrell College in Warwickshire is set for work in the village of Tunguli, Morogoro in Tanzania.

The tractor gift project is being spearheaded by the Diocese of Worcester which has a friendship link with the Diocese of Morogoro.. Prior to being shipped to Tanzania, the MF 265 tractor was blessed at a special ceremony at Moreton Morrell College performed by The Right Reverend Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester. Also in attendance at the ceremony was Steve Wood, Chairman of the College Board of Governors.


“The fully-reconditioned tractor will make an enormous difference to the lives of people in Tunguli,” said Bishop John. “We would like to thank AGCO, its student apprentices and the College for their help with this great project.”

AGCO, Massey Ferguson’s parent company, has been running its Dealer apprenticeship training scheme in partnership with Moreton Morrell College since 1999. Over the last 18 months, AGCO student apprentices have been rebuilding the MF 265 as part of their course work, transforming the 30-year-old model into a good-as-new tractor, ready for use.

“We were delighted to donate the major parts for the refurbishment and for our apprentices to test out their skills and knowledge in overhauling the tractor for this very worthy cause,” comments Tony Linfield, AGCO Training Development Manager.

The AGCO Apprentice Scheme is open to young agricultural engineers aiming to progress into positions within AGCO farm machinery Dealerships across the UK. Course lengths range from 15 months to two years with 12-24 weeks’ block release at Moreton Morrell College. On successfully completing the courses, students receive Work-Based Diplomas in Land Based Service Engineering.

AGCO Expands R&D Center in Marktoberdorf

The expansion doesn’t end in Jackson, Minnesota for AGCO. In fact, last month AGCO announced that the Board of Directors recently approved an expansion of capacity for the Research and Development Center at the Marktoberdorf, Germany Fendt operations.Fendt R&D Center

This involves erecting a new multi-story building on the grounds of the Research and Development Centre. An investment of approximately 2.6 million euros will create some 120 new jobs for engineers and electronic technicians, which will be filled through new hiring over the next two years. Then a total of approximately 400 employees will be working on new developments and advancements in tractors and forage harvesters at the Fendt Research and Development Centre.

Peter Paffen, Vice President and Spokesman for the AGCO/Fendt Management stated “the expansion of the development centre at the AGCO Marktoberdorf location allows us to take important future projects forward faster and better, so that we can maintain our reputation on the market as the trendsetter and leader in innovations. Our special focus lies on electronics, which will allow us to push forward with systems and automation.”

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