Equip­ment firm em­pow­ers farm­ers

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Her­ald Re­porter

AGRICON Equip­ment yes­ter­day opened a train­ing cen­tre for farm­ers in Chin­hoyi that will pro­vide them with skills and knowl­edge on how to max­imise yields us­ing their highly mech­a­nised equip­ment.

Agricon of­fi­cials said the train­ing fa­cil­ity was aimed at en­hanc­ing food se­cu­rity in the coun­try in line with the ob­jec­tives of the coun­try’s eco­nomic blue­print Zim-As­set.

The train­ing will in­volve both the­ory and prac­ti­cal lessons for op­er­a­tors of the ma­chin­ery and would be done in part­ner­ship with BlueSky Farms.

Agricon is the of­fi­cial agent of CASE IH, the world’s lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of agri­cul­ture and con­struc­tion equip­ment, KUHN farm im­ple­ments sup­plier and SANY of China.

The train­ing school was of­fi­cially opened by Case IH vice president Mr Matthew Fos­ter.

“We are very much fo­cused on pro­duc­tiv­ity. We want to work with pro­fes­sional pro­duc­ers and farm­ers, de­vel­op­ing prod­ucts and so­lu­tions for them to en­hance pro­duc­tiv­ity. We are very much con­cerned with what we can do us­ing tech­nol­ogy to min­imise risks of farm­ers.

“We un­der­stand that farm­ing is not an easy life­style and there are many risks and dif­fi­cul­ties in­volved. We also pro­vide a full range of ser­vice parts to make sure that we don’t just de­liver machines, but also help you through­out the whole life cy­cle of the ma­chin­ery.”

Agricon chief ex­ec­u­tive Mr Faizul Ma­te­ria said: “The pur­pose of this fa­cil­ity we are launch­ing to­day is to en­hance food se­cu­rity in line with the con­cept of Zim-As­set and add value to our prod­ucts. Train­ing at this fa­cil­ity does not re­quire any spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion skills.

“This fa­cil­ity will train op­er­a­tors and own­ers of machines on how to make these machines ef­fi­cient util­is­ing the tech­nol­ogy that has been put into it. This train­ing fa­cil­ity is avail­able to all our cus­tomers — from small-scale to com­mer­cial.

“It al­lows them to un­der­stand how to max­imise the util­i­sa­tion of ma­chin­ery to en­hance their yields and pro­duc­tiv­ity, and this will in turn im­prove our econ­omy and once again make our coun­try the bread­bas­ket of the re­gion and hope­fully a net ex­porter of food in the near fu­ture.”

South­ern Trad­ing Com­pany chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Phil Mushosho said: “This fa­cil­ity is go­ing to be open to the re­gion but our first pri­or­ity is the lo­cal farm­ers.

This is re­ally an em­pow­er­ment cen­tre and if there is go­ing to be any charge it is go­ing to be min­i­mal, maybe to cover costs for lunch and train­ing ma­te­rial. We want to em­power peo­ple, so that they can max­imise the use of their ma­chin­ery.”

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