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Farmers in East Africa to benefit from TINGA, EAGC partnership

February 21, 2017, Nairobi. TINGA, East Africa’s largest network of Tractors and Equipment has inked a partnership with Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) for a mutually beneficial agreement for the provision of farm mechanization services and implements to farmers and other grain stakeholders.

The MoU is intended to provide farming solutions to the farmers and grain stakeholders through provision of tractor services at cost effective arrangements through EAGC – G-Soko and e-Tinga platforms.

Speaking during the ceremony, EAGC Executive Director, Mr Gerald Masila said the MoU demonstrates commitment by both parties to implement the new journey and route that EAGC is taking to facilitate efficient, structured, inclusive and profitable grain trade in the eastern region, ensuring reduced cost of production.

Mr Masila added that, for many years, farmers in Eastern Africa have had a hard time accessing farm mechanization services hindering farmer’s capacity to fully maximize on their farm’s output, therefore, through this partnership, we aim to create an environment where farmers maximise on mechanization, increasing income and improving food security.

The EAGC- GSoko project is aimed at bringing structure and consistency to trade in grains, which are a critical component of our staple food value chain systems,” explained Gerald Masila,
To achieve this, EAGC will work closely with partners like Quipbank to develop its fast-growing market of development partners and research institutions to deliver its mandate while staying on the cutting edge of technology and innovation.

Mr. Paul Njeru, Regional Managing Director for Quipbank, said that the firm has equipment stores across the country and shared the great vision of Tinga to be the leaders in agricultural mechanisation with the most advanced technologies for its stake holders.

“Tinga is an online based platform supported by East Africa largest leasing company to provide short term leases to farmers and we have invested Kes 5 billion in acquiring tractors and implements, capacity building and conducting regular training on conservation farming practices.’’ Mr Njeru added. To join the Tinga platform, farmers are required to SMS the keyword “TINGA” to 22150 or download the mobile app from Google Play Store.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by EAGC Directors, drawn from different countries; Dr. Bernard Otim,CEO of Farmers Centre (U) Ltd in Uganda, Mr. Julius Wambura, Chief Operating Officer FRABHO Enterprises Ltd in Tanzania, EugineRwibasira, the Executive Secretary –Rwanda Development Organisation- RDO in Rwanda and Rose Mutuku, Managing Director of Smart Logistics Ltd from Kenya.

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