December 29, 2021 – AFTRADE DMCC has begun shipping its tractors to Africa as part of its partnership with global conglomerate ETG. This would see AFTRADE’s range of affordable tractors marketed in 8 countries through ETG’s network in southern and eastern Africa.
AFTRADE shipped the first batch of tractors in December to the port of Durban in South Africa. This contains 11 different models ranging from 57 HP up to 212 HP. The tractors will be sold in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, and the Kingdom of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland).
AFTRADE has also sent its first shipment to East Africa, destined for the port of Mombasa in Kenya. This contains two models of tractors, the Belarus-512 with a tent and Belarus-820 with a canopy, aimed for distribution in Kenya and Uganda.
With AFTRADE representing most of the agricultural machinery manufacturers in Belarus, and ETG operating in 29 African countries, a partnership between the two corporations will be a win-win for both.
“This is the start of an exciting partnership. AFTRADE has begun shipping our quality tractors that meet the requirements of African farmers at every price point. These will be distributed by ETG which has a strong presence across Africa,” said Alexander Zingman, head of AFTRADE DMCC.
He had met with Birju Patel, CEO of ETG, in July. Together they toured various factories in Minsk, where AFTRADE DMCC showcased the modern machinery that the company distributes in Africa.
Agricultural machinery is in demand in Africa as the continent gears up to increase food production. AFTRADE DMCC is the authorized dealer in the African market for most Belarussian manufacturers, and has set up local servicing centres to provide spare parts and warranty services.
Meanwhile, ETG, established in 1967, is one of the largest and fastest growing integrated agricultural conglomerates in sub-Saharan Africa, importing and exporting soft commodities to and from countries such as Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria and South Africa.
“Now that our shipments of AFTRADE’s wide range of tractors has begun, we will soon discuss with ETG the possibility of supplying our mining and transport vehicles through ETG’s strong regional network,” Zingman said.
A partnership between AFTRADE DMCC and ETG complements each other’s operations in providing a complete portfolio in the booming agricultural sector in Africa.