Afgri Ghana, John Deere Debut New Agric Machines to Improve Mechanisation

AFGRI Ghana and John Deere, leading dealers in farming machinery in Africa, have debuted new agricultural machines onto the Ghanaian market to improve mechanisation of agriculture, particularly in low income areas in the country.

The agricultural machines introduced by the firms include slashers, harvesters, ploughs, planters, reapers and irrigation implements.

AFGRI Ghana is one of the largest South African based companies with 18 years experience in agriculture mechanisation and a huge investment in poultry and animal feed as well as collateral management.

Speaking at the launching ceremony of the new equipment at Nsawam in the Eastern Region, the Country Director of AFGRI Ghana, Mr Gerrie Jordaan, said John Deere Financial had been set up to assist farmers and to make the equipment more affordable to local farmers.

“We are partnering with Sinapi Aba and John Deere Financial to finance the projects which currently have very low buy-down rate at 21 per cent. This makes it affordable for customers to purchase and pay for the equipment in three years’ time as they work with the equipment and can pay it back at the same time,” Jordaan said.

The West African Director-General of the John Deere, Mr Cobus Du Toit, said mechanised agriculture in Ghana was very low and was therefore hopeful that the new machinery would help boost agriculture mechanisation.

According to him, Ghanaians considered farming only as a retirement vocation, when in actual fact, it is a lucrative business. He, therefore, urged Ghanaians to disabuse their minds of such negative approach to farming and rather, look to profit from it.]

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