AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, has opened a new office in the north-east of Casablanca, Morocco.
According to the company’s website, AGCO’s innovative approaches are helping make more productive farms—and helping make the world a better, more sustainable place. AGCO’s philosophy says that professional farm machinery is key to boosting agricultural productivity and reducing post-harvest waste.
“The opening of the Casablanca office demonstrates AGCO’s strong commitment to ‘Run Africa from Africa,’” The AGCO vice-president and general manager Africa, Nuradin Osman, said.
“The Casablanca office will also serve as the headquarters for Agri-Parks, which represent a significantly fresh approach for agricultural production and rural transformation,” Osman said. “The innovation of Agri-Parks is in developing infrastructure and community through agricultural mechanization.”
Agri-Parks takes a holistic approach to farm production, crop storage, and processing by grouping together key activities in one location. The company’s role is to provide the technology, equipment, and expertise for this networked approach. This highlights AGCO’s product and services, which include farm machinery, grain processing, and protein production systems.
Agri-Park aims to secure reliable sources of food, help create high-value jobs, and encourage satellite industries through agricultural machinery workshops and farm supplies outlets. The objective is to focus on creating an integrated value chain “from farm to fork instead of selling low-value crops.” A further aim is to develop agricultural contracting businesses to assist small-scale farmers in gaining access to modern machinery and technologies.
AGCO has received several awards this year alone, including awards for its precision planting, manufacturing excellence, manufacturing leadership, and being one of the best workplaces for women.
This AGCO office comes after just recently opening in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“The continent is home to 60 percentof the world’s arable land and is thus expected to play a major role in future, global food security,” said Osman. “Opening the Casablanca office not only builds on our presence at a sub-regional level but also underlines AGCO’s vision and strategy for advancing African agricultural prosperity.”