Farmers in Ethiopia are increasing their adoption of agricultural machinery, such as tractors. Two recent events held in Ethiopia have indicated a strong uptake in tractor purchases with Government organizations supporting financial loans to farmers.
Agricultural mechanization is gathering momentum in Ethiopia with two recent events introducing new customers to the Case IH brand, as well as assisting with the purchasing process, from applications for finance through to machine delivery.
The first event was held in Welkite, in south western Ethiopia, 160 km from the capital of Addis Ababa. More than 150 people attended the event which introduced potential customers to the benefits of working with Case IH.
At the event, each customer was guided through the application process for a financial loan. The event was very successful with a number of farmers being able to complete their financial applications or purchase new machinery outright.
At another event, held in the Addis Ababa workshop of Case IH’s official Ethiopian distributor, Wereta International Business PLC, a special tractor handover ceremony took place.
The handover ceremony was attended by officials including the Deputy Administration Executive and Head of Agriculture Office for SNNP (South Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region); Extensions and Rural Finance Supply Director of SNNP, Vice President of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia; Chief Administrator of Guragie Zone; and the Head of Agriculture Office of the Guragie Zone. In addition, nearly 100 customers and potential customers attended.
The senior officials reaffirmed they will keep working to build the momentum of agricultural mechanization and continue to work with CNH and Wereta International Business to ensure the goals of these allied organizations are realized.
During the handover ceremony 26 tractors were delivered to farmers.
Zelalem Leyeh, Sales Engineer at Wereta International Business PLC, was heavily involved in organizing both events. “The team is committed to introducing Case IH’s agricultural machines to many more potential areas in the nation,” Mr Leyeh said.
The people of Ethiopia, supported by the government, understand that they must improve their agricultural productivity to sustainably feed their population of approximately 105 million people. Increasing access to agricultural machinery, such as tractors and harvesting equipment, will enhance productivity while reducing harvest losses, as well as improving the quality of life for people working on farms.
Earlier this year Case IH showed its support to the Ethiopian people with a donation of four ventilators and associated equipment to the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, to assist in the fight against COVID-19.
Marcin Ruppert, Case IH Marketing Manager for Africa and Middle East, said the donation is part of the $2 million global Solidarity Fund initiative by Case IH’s parent company, CNH Industrial, which supports communities impacted by COVID-19 in countries in which the company does business.
“We’re very proud to support local communities in these tough times, and the company has organized the Solidarity Fund for that purpose,” Mr Ruppert said.
“Each community served by the Solidarity Fund has different needs, and we figured that in Ethiopia, life-saving medical equipment would be the best choice for a donation.”