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TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT TRANSFORMING SMALLHOLDER RICE FARMING THROUGH ACCESS TO MECHANISATION IN MALAWI

FES recognised the untapped potential of the smallholder sector and in 2018, established an in-house emerging farmer department to specifically scope and undertake projects with small-scale farmers. The FES EFD offers agricultural solutions to smallholder farmers and smallholder organisations under three main pillars: agronomy, irrigation and mechanisation,
with both equipment and service provision adapted and tailored to the specific needs and context of smallholder farmers in Malawi.

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BOMAG AND FES SET TO BUILD A STRONG BRAND PARTNERSHIP

Effective December 2019, construction equipment manufacturer BOMAG, based in Boppard Germany, has appointed Farming and Engineering Services Ltd (FES) as its new distributor for Malawi. The company now exclusively markets the full BOMAG heavy and light machine range from the global market leader in compaction technology. 

FES has been working successfully in the Malawi market since 1967 and is an integrated solutions provider to the agricultural sector in Malawi and beyond. With branches in Blantyre and Lilongwe and depots in Dwangwa and Nchalo, the team partners with a broad customer base of commercial estates, small-to-medium-scale farmers and multinational corporate clients.

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FES at the forefront of evolving agribusiness trends in Malawi and Zambia

Owning a tractor and various soil cultivation implements used to be part and parcel of commercial crop farming in Malawi. However, many farmers have now switched to a new business model: one which doesn’t necessitate extensive equipment ownership. Innovative agricultural solutions company Farming and Engineering Services (FES) is a pioneer of this trend. In addition to purely selling equipment, the company has evolved its business model to offer a host of contract farming solutions, including land preparation, crop spraying, material handling, bulk water management, full maintenance leasing and harvesting.

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PHATISA AND PARTNERS ACQUIRE SOUTHERN AFRICAN AGRICULTURAL SOLUTIONS PROVIDER FES

Phatisa Food Fund 2 (PFF 2) and a group of co-investors – Norfund, Mbuyu Capital and DEG – have acquired integrated agricultural solutions provider Farming and Engineering Services Limited (FES). The investment will support FES’s long term growth strategy, assisting the company to expand its successful business model to neighbouring countries.

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A PROGRESSIVE DISTRIBUTOR - A closer look at Farming and Engineering Services (FES)

FES is without a doubt one of the most progressive distributors in Africa, well known for its successful representation and distribution of Massey Ferguson products throughout Malawi. Africa Focus gets some insight into the business from the Managing Director, Mike Aldworth.

Q: Tell us more about the history of FES and to what would you say you attribute your longevity and success?

FES has been selling Massey Ferguson tractors since 1967. Initially part of the Lonrho Group, there was a management buyout in 2000 and the company has grown from strength to strength ever since. In 2013, the African Agriculture Fund (AAF) managed by Phatisa acquired a majority stake in FES bringing with it a wealth of global knowledge, financial and regional expertise and an out-of-the-box approach to growing the business. This has allowed FES to be very agile and bold in implementing business decisions.

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FES helping smallholder farmers adapt to climate change, Climate Smart Agriculture supplement - The Daily Times

The Malawian agriculture sector relies heavily on rain-fed crop production. Climate variability and an increased frequency of extreme weather events, such as droughts and floods, seen in the past decades have had a significant impact on agricultural productivity. 

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Malawi responding well to climate change, Agriculture and climate changes supplement - The Daily Times

The Malawian agriculture sector relies heavily on rain-fed crop production. Climate variability and an increased frequency of extreme weather events, such as droughts and floods, seen in past decades have had a significant impact on agricultural productivity. Smallholders can no longer rely solely on rain-fed crop production and traditional crop production technologies. Farming and Engineering Services Ltd (FES) has created its Emerging Farmer Department (EFD) specifically to equip and service the needs of these smallholder farmers who are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

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Using music to fight malaria, The Nation Online

Malaria Stories Art Exhibition is a platform to raise awareness of the killer disease through paintings. Farming and Engineering Services has given it a head start by purchasing 10 hospital beds...

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FES has signed a partnership agreement with Netafim commencing 1 September 2017

As the world's population continues to rise and natural resources come under pressure, increased efficiency makes more sense than ever. At Netafim, we help our customers produce greater yields and better crops with fewer resources.

Netafim is the global leader in smart drip and micro-irrigation solutions or a sustainable future. Since introducing the world's first drip irrigation solutions in 1965, we have led the way by developing products that help our customers.

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The Kaombe bulk water supply project in the Shire Valley, Malawi

The Shire or Chire River is the only outlet of Lake Malawi and flows into the Zambezi River in Mozambique. Its length is 402 kilometres (250 miles). The upper Shire River issues from Lake Malawi and runs approximately 12 miles before it enters shallow Lake Malombe. It then drains Lake Malombe and flows south through Liwonde National Park where large concentrations of hippopotamus are common along its shores.

Two hydroelectric dams have been built along the Shire northwest of Blantyre, FES works include the construction of a reservoir, supply canal and intake canal from the river. The is lifted by the floating pump.

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Setting standards for others to follow

The Massey Ferguson Power Series delivers exceptional performance, reliability, durability and low operating costs. All models within the range are available in both open and sound-attenuated versions, with a full array of optional extras to match you requirements. Powered by class-leading AGCO Power and Perkins engines, the MF Series offers excellent fuel consumption and is well equipped to deal with even the most arduous conditions. Sectors served by this versatile range include construction, residential, agricultural, commercial and many more.

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AGCO's Massey Ferguson tractor manufacturing facility wins French Factory of the Year Award 2016

AGCO's Massey Ferguson manufacturing facility at Beauvais, France, has been presented with France's prestigious Factory of the Year 2016 award. The Beauvais site in Picard beat 10 other shortlisted factories from a wide range of industries in France to win the title.

The Factory of the Year Award is organised by L'Usine Nouvelle, the leading industrial magazine in France. In selecting the overall winner, the jury looked for a facility which had demonstrated an in-depth transformation initiative and...

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