PURCHASING A TRACTOR IS NOT A MATTER TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY. Due to the considerable expense involved, price is often the purchasers main, if not, only concern. Whilst the cost of the equipment is always a relevant factor one shouldn’t overlook other key issues including warranty, fuel efficiency and resale value.
Africa’s agriculture is beginning to change. African governments’ have increased their investment in agriculture and are involving the private sector with new donor organizations, also becoming involved in the industry.
March 01 2014
Amidst the challenges in South African agriculture, the sector has been experiencing more than a decade of positive net farm income growth – 32%, in real terms, since 2006.
This trend is expected to continue in the medium term, according to Jacques Taylor, Managing Director: John Deere Financial, Sub-Saharan Africa.
Andre Swart CEO and owner of Agritans has demonstrated his commitment to John Deere by investing in three new Mercedes Benz trucks that are John Deere branded. Friday 1 June 2012 was a memorable day for John Deere when Andre and his team arrived at the Boksburg offices with his three new gleaming trucks to show the John Deere management and staff. Also present at the event were dignities from Mercedes Benz South Africa Truck division and Afrit Trailers who manufactured the trailers. Both companies are extremely proud to be associated with the John Deere brand.
Andre took delivery of the third truck on 26 April at the Mercedes Benz manufacturing plant in the port city of East London. This was a first for Mercedes Benz by allowing a long standing customer such as Agritrans to take delivery of a vehicle at their plant, following the official delivery and formal function Andre, his wife Michele and youngest daughter Katrien promptly drove it home to his head office in the Free State province.
The Mercedes Benz Actros 1860 LS/36 Blue Tec Euro 5 truck boasts a fully enclosed trailer in bold John Deere branding and will transport smaller John Deere equipment across the country to customers and dealers, the other two consist of a standard Actros towing a low bed trailer and a state of the art 8x8 recovery and delivery vehicle. These boldly John Deere branded trucks will be criss crossing the country and are sure to make a serious statement and cementing our John Deere brand strength and image amongst the general public customers and competitors.
This year Grain SA's NAMPO Harvest Day lived up to its name in providing a platform enabling agricultural producers to see - on the same grounds and at the same time - everything that has an impact on farming and at the same time it also served as a display window for agriculture, a discussion forum and a network opportunity for role-players in agriculture in southern Africa and further afield.
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