Agribusiness leaders from Nigeria and over 25 other countries met at the 2020 edition of Africa’s exclusive tractor, agri-machinery and technology show, AgroMach Africa, which held virtually on December 9 and 10.
AgroMach, an initiative of the TAB Group, is a dedicated networking and knowledge-sharing platform where international tractor, agri-machinery and technology companies meet with African agri-businesses to discuss potential business partnerships.
This year’s edition had the theme: “Accelerating Agriculture through Mechanization”
From Nigeria, top agribusiness leaders and industry stakeholders who attended the Show include the Vice President, Nigeria AgriBusiness Group (NABG), Emmanuel Ijewere; Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kitovu Technology Company, Emeka Nwachinemere; the Programme Officer, Policy and Partnerships, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Dr Thomas Olugbenga Arokoyo; and the National Chairman, Tractor Owners and Hiring Facilities Association of Nigeria (TOHFAN), Alhaji Danladi Garba.
Others are the Regional Director, Sasakawa Africa Association, Dr Deola Naibakelao; Arc. Kabir İbrahim, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN); Head of Sales, Hello Tractor, Aissa Mazou; National Technical Advisor, AFAN, Dr Tunde Arosanyin; and Business Leader, Aggregation, FarmCrowdy, Obiajuru Luya.
Outside Nigeria, industry leaders who were present are: President, Tractor and Mechanisation Association (TMA) India, T.R. Kesavan (India); Secretary-General, Tarmakbir, M. Selami Ileri (Turkey); Agriculture Expert, Tarmakbir, H. Ekinc Ergunes (Turkey); Head of Business, MEA, New Holland Agriculture, Ozkan Eren (Italy); and Agriculture Mechanisation Industry Expert, Marcello Personeni (India).
Others are Hakan Donmezer, Marketing Manager, MEA, New Holland Agriculture (Italy); Sales Director EMEA, CIS and Russia, Trimble Agriculture, Hamish Wilkie (US); General Manager – Exports, Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited (TAFE), Sonal Batra (India); Regional Sales Engineer – Agriculture, EA & WA, Trimble Agriculture, Musa Mishamo (US); and Precision Solutions & Telematics, AMEA, New Holland Agriculture, Cain Radford (US).
In his opening remark, CEO and Managing Director of the TAB Group, Tahir Abdul Bari, explained that AgroMach 2020 was directed at providing answers to how to effectively mobilise agricultural mechanisation and digital technology in Africa considering the role of government and policy formation process.
The show also sought to answer questions on how to make sustainable agriculture possible and to find the best models for agribusiness in Africa.
Bari explained, “The aim of this event is to bring together international tractor and agricultural machines, equipment and technology companies on the one hand. On the other hand, [to bring together] African agribusinesses, dealers and distributors, and other stakeholders in the industry including associations who look after farmers or the policy advocacy associations within the different countries in Africa.
“This is so that we can all come together under a single platform to deliberate on what the challenges are right now and how they can be addressed and to know what is required from companies from these types of associations and the end-users. Ultimately, [the goal is] to try and see how we can develop the mechanisation of agriculture in Africa.
“This [AgroMach2020] is also a very good business-to-business networking platform. Again, the idea is to bring together the international and local African companies, the dealers and distributors especially, so that they can meet, interact and develop business.”
Exhibitors at the mechanisation show were Escorts Agri Machinery, John Deere, SDF, Sonalika, Folavisions Group, Nipha and Machine Information Technology Resources for Agriculture (MITRA),
Others were Celikel, Superking Tyres, Saudi Drip, VST Shakti, AgroVision, Tuzzi, Zimmatic (by Lindsay) and Reyadah.
Key supporting partners of AgroMach Africa 2020 were the Turkish Association of Agricultural Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the Tractor Owners and Hiring Facilities Association of Nigeria (TOHFAN), the Africa Women Agribusiness Network (AWAN) Afrika and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF).
Others were the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA), the Nigeria AgriBusiness Group (NABG), the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Kano; and the All Farmers Association of Nigeria.
Innovation Partners for the Show were SunCulture, Hello Tractor (Nigeria), Tractor Junction, Swift Vee, Starksat and Global Carbon Farming.