AGCO on the SACAU visit to its state-of-the-art Future Farm in Lusaka, Zambia: Interview with Vice President for Africa, Mr. Nuradin Osman, AGCOcorp
Africa is developing state-of-the art facilities to nurture a chief economic activity-farming-that brings it 15 percent of its total revenue. With this in mind is the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) Young Agripreneurs Forum that is taking place in Lusaka, Zambia. This is the location of AGCO’s Future Farm, which is basically 150 hectares of a working farm model. It demonstrates the value of mechanization, technology and such farming novelties via real-life experience. Bizrika spoke to the company’s Vice President on the event and the farm itself.
With the kicking off of the SACAU conference for young agripreneurs, which key areas will the delegates touch upon?
The delegates spent time in the classroom, workshop and on the farm. Among the topics covered were the role of mechanization in primary production, how technology is changing the face of Farming, plus business and entrepreneurship skills.
Why is there a need to showcase the Future Farm to SACAU members?
The aim of the forum was to create a positive image for agriculture among the next generation and develop role models from within the sector. The delegates were exposed to AGCO’s leading brands of Agriculture machinery including Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra.
A highlight was a practical, hand-on experience with the range of Massey Ferguson equipment which included tractors, harvesting machinery, hay & forage tools, implements and materials handlers.
Which aspect of mechanization, can you reveal, sets off Future Farm from other similar undertakings?
Our approach delivers on a holistic farm solutions and I strongly believe that is what sets us apart. Our approach demonstrates the value of mechanization, technology systems and best agronomic practices through real life experience. As a result, the AGCO Future Farm in Zambia is set to be a centre of developing leading-edge agriculture for Africa.
According to your press feed, AGCO agripreneurs learnt a lot in class, ranging from mechanization in primary production to business farming innovations. Have they utilized these skills in farms?
What I can tell you is; a new generation of African farmers is already in the making, unearthing a number of economic opportunities that can be attained through inclusivity, sustainable mechanization and training. We are hoping that they will incorporate business skills and agricultural knowledge learnt at the Future Farm to their businesses to build a more prosperous Africa.
Is Future Farm having an impact on the rest of Zambia and southern Africa?
Certainly, with firm routes planted in a 150-hectare Future Farm in Zambia, AGCO is already committing itself to being Africa’s Partners for growth and development.
Owing to the joining of young people in AGCO activities, have there been change in perspective about farming as a career of choice?
Based on enquiries and interests we receive from the youth, we are sure to believe that there has been a slight change but a lot still need to be done to change the perception towards the Ag sector as a whole.
Are there any other projects in the offing from your organization in the foreseeable future?
Absolutely, we have projects scheduled throughout the year. The future farm in Zambia offers a variety of services and these includes:-
- Product training,
- Mechanisation Solutions and training,
- Farm Solutions Training and,
- Farming Business Management training.
To find out more about the Future Farm projects, interested parties can contact our Farm in Zambia, via email at Namoonga.firstname.lastname@example.org
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