John Deere’s technology set to revolutionalize Africa’s Agriculture

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John
Deere, an American Corporation that manufactures agriculturalconstruction,
and forestry machinery
will tomorrow announce major steps that they are taking to change Uganda and
Africa’s agricultural sector in 2019.      

The
announcements will be made at the 11th edition of the Information
Communication and Technology for Development Conference (ICT4D) which kicks off
tomorrow at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

In an exclusive interview with Geoff Andersen, Deere’s Regional Director for Agricultural Strategic Planning, he revealed that “Deere is incredibly proud to promote this year’s conference as validation of our ongoing investments in smallholder agriculture on the African continent,” Andersen revealed.

Geoff Andersen, Regional Director for Agricultural Strategic Planning

He
added that, “These investments are concentrated in sustainable mechanization,
accessible finance, integrated technologies and citizenship support of rural
smallholder farming communities.”

Smallholder
farmers are increasing production, improving soil health, raising incomes and
livelihoods through their investments in John Deere’s program.  The program provides a comprehensive suite of
mechanization, finance, technology and services to deliver sustainable
solutions to smallholder farmers. 
The program also supports the introduction of Conservation Agriculture like the
use of rippers instead of disc ploughing, improving soil structure &
reducing moisture loss.

Technology
solutions enabling contract farming between smallholder farmers and
mechanization service providers are essential to the advancement of agriculture
across the African continent. 

Deere
has partnered with Hello Tractorto connect tractor owners to farmers through an
Internet-of-Things (IoT)-enabled digital solution that bridges the gap between
manual and mechanized farming. The service enables farmers to request
affordable tractor services, while providing enhanced security to tractor
owners through remote asset tracking and virtual monitoring. Through
technology, the company is creating sustainable business opportunities for
compact tractor owners, while ensuring smallholder farmers have affordable and
convenient access to mechanization services.

“There is no
doubt agricultural mechanization will have a positive impact on Africa’s
agricultural productivity in the future. The magnitude of that impact – and how
quickly tractors can benefit society – will largely depend on the private
sector, government and the public working together.

The collaboration between John Deere and banking institutions like Opportunity
Bank in Uganda, equipment dealer partners like Mascor in Uganda, and technology
innovators like Hello Tractor mark a significant step toward bringing this
positive impact to the region.

The John Deere
Foundation is also supporting smallholder farmers in Africa through a $5million
grant to the One Acre Fund over 5-years for activities in 7 countries including
Uganda.  

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