Ghana: Launch of the new range of agricultural machinery from Massey Ferguson


Current and emerging constraints facing the agricultural sector of countries necessitate measures to scale up the adoption of mechanization to improve food production and food security, said the Minister of Food and Agriculture, the Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto.

He said erratic rainfall, over-aged farming population, market demand for high quality produce and low productivity have highlighted the need for innovation through mechanization to boost food production.

Dr. Akoto said so in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Director of the Directorate of Agricultural Engineering Services of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Patrick O. Aboagye at the launch of the new range of Massey Ferguson agricultural machinery in Accra. yesterday.

Massey Ferguson products in Ghana are only distributed and sold by Mechanical Lloyd Plc.

Speaking on the theme, “Importance of agricultural mechanization in ensuring food security in Ghana,” the minister said the topic of mechanization should be revisited with a new holistic approach.

“Currently, stakeholders are recognizing the need to increase mechanization rights along the agricultural value chain, from land preparation, planting, crop tending to harvesting and produce handling. .”

He noted that; “This will surely lead to more commercially viable farms and increased productivity of food crops in the country.

He said about 70% of farmers in the country worked on a small scale with traditional tools such as hoe and cutlass, producing about 65% of agricultural output.

Dr Akoto revealed that of the eight million hectares of land suitable for mechanized agriculture, barely 30% of that productive land had been cultivated.

To address the challenge of mechanization, he said the government introduced the Agricultural Mechanization Service Enterprise Centers in 2007 with the aim of helping the private sector play a leading role in the provision of mechanized services. well organized and commercially viable to farmers.

Dr Akoto praised Mechanical Lloyd Plc for the role the company has played over the past 50 years in promoting agriculture in the country by distributing the Massey Ferguson range of agricultural machinery.

“The government will continue to partner with giants like Mechanical Lloyd Company to deliver efficient and smart farming technologies to all categories of farmers in Ghana,” he said.

Mechanical Lloyd Plc managing director Ms Kalysta Darko-O’Kell said the introduction of the Massey Ferguson product range was aimed at boosting agricultural production in the country.

She said new Massey Ferguson products include harrows, ploughs, planters, sprayers, trailers, material handling equipment, hay and forage.

“All of these tools and machines were developed to enable the farmer to work better and produce more,” Ms O’Kell said, adding that the Massey Ferguson tractor could also be used as a generator.

She said the first five customers to buy the Massey Ferguson will receive a harrow for free.

AGCO Africa Business Development, the owners of Massey Ferguson, said AGCO’s goal was to introduce innovative products to improve farmers’ productivity.


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