This may be of interest: see below -- from the USA.**
"Farm-in-a-Box" (FIAB) initiative for Africa offers "a
package of essential farm equipment including a (45-80hp) tractor and implements
(a ripper, disc harrow, trailer and planter)
together with the crucial support mechanisms such as parts,
workshop tools, training and expertise to
ensure sustainable* and productive machinery operations.
Some of the equipment is packed inside a box – a modified shipping
container – which is then used as an office or workshop".
Unveiled... at Germany’s "International Green Week".
* Is it truly "sustainable"??
It seems that the "mainstream" Agricultural [business] community wants to ensure that Africans adopt the "fossil-fuel-driven" (and often soil destroying, fertilizer-dependent) "mechanization" pathway.
If in the future, as a result of programs like this one,
Africans are going to be even more dependent on
fossil-fuel-driven / tractor-based agricultural systems, it seems
to me that it is even more important that we develop systems of
[on-farm ...or off farm] Carbon sequestration (if we care to
"offset" the additional CO2 emissions that will inevitably result
from the adoption of ever-greater numbers of diesel-powered
tractors being used in Africa)... as well as all of the various
other "soft path" solutions (like closed-loop "Ecological farming"
and Controlled Environment / "Vertical" farming systems)... and
systems that can ensure "sustainable soils" can be achieved.
And from a Climate / Energy perspective, do we focus on [hydrogen-based??] "Alternative fuels" for all these new tractors instead?
note also: 2018-12-31 cleanenergycan: ☀️🚜☀️This Ontario farmer
traded in his loud, polluting diesel tractor for a solar-powered
electric one. #solar… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
2018-12-17 cleantechnica: John Deere Unveils An Autonomous, Electric Tractor…With A Really Long Extension Cord https://t.co/eqUfH7hZ5E
** About AGCO:
AGCO (NYSE: AGCO) (http://www.AGCOcorp.com) is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agriculture equipment and solutions and supports more productive farming through its full line of equipment and related services. AGCO products are sold through five core brands, Challenger®, Fendt®, GSI®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra®, supported by Fuse® precision technologies and farm optimization services. Founded in 1990, AGCO is headquartered in Duluth, GA, USA.
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|Subject:||Agriculture: AGCO launches innovative Farm in a Box initiative for Africa Taking farm mechanization deep into rural communities|
|Date:||Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:10:08 +0000 (UTC)|
|From:||News Release - APO Group|
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AGCO launches innovative Farm in a Box initiative for Africa Taking farm mechanization deep into rural communities
Capacity-building and agricultural mechanization are a priority to facilitate food security and unlock the potential of small-scale farming in Africa
BERLIN, Germany, January
21, 2019/ -- AGCO, Your Agriculture Company
(NYSE:AGCO) (http://www.AGCOcorp.com), a worldwide
manufacturer and distributor of agricultural
equipment, unveiled its pioneering Farm in a Box
(FIAB) initiative for Africa at Germany’s
International Green Week 18-27 January 2019.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of AGCO Corporation.
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