9 May 2019, 09:46
From the 13th to the 17th of May, the Association will hold meetings in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Maputo with both local distributors and importers. Furthermore, AGRAGEX will also visit the NAMPO Agricultural Trade Show
The aim of this business trip is to promote the Spanish agricultural machinery, irrigation systems and crop protection products and strengthen commercial relations with both countries
The Spanish Exporters Association of Agricultural Machinery and its Components, Greenhouses and Crop Protection, Irrigation Systems, Livestock Equipment, Nutrition and Animal Health and Post-Harvesting Equipments (AGRAGEX) has organized a business trip to South Africa and Mozambique from the 13th to the 17th of May. Ten Spanish companies involved in the agricultural sector will take part, mostly members of the association.
The participant companies in the commercial trip are the following ones: Chamsa, Sembradoras Gil, Rábita Agrotextil, RKD, Novagric, Grupo Armando Álvarez, Agrator, Altuna Hermanos, Grupo Sanz, and Criado y López.
AGRAGEX has different goals in each country. In South Africa, the Spanish Association will try to consolidate its position in this market, increase the exports of its members and introduce the companies that have never travelled to this country before. In Mozambique, the aim is to follow up the situation of the agricultural sector in the country after our visit five years ago and to take the opportunities that can come up, being aware of the situation and size of the country.
During the five days in which the business trip will take place, the Spanish participants will meet local importers and distributors in an intense working plan that begins on the 13th of May in Johannesburg (South Africa), and will continue at the NAMPO Show in Bothaville. Some companies will visit Cape Town on May the 15th, and in the afternoon, the group will travel to Maputo, where the meetings will continue with agricultural professionals till the 17th of May.
“AGRAGEX organizes this delegation with the strong conviction that South Africa must be a stable market for our companies” states Irantzu Prado, Foreign trade technician. “South Africa is a great cereal producer, is one of the leading exporters of fruits and vegetables and produces very well-known wines. This makes the country a very interesting market for our companies but also a difficult and demanding one where we have to compete not only with our competitors, but also with local producers. When approaching the South African market we must think about our most state of the art solutions.
“Following our efforts to be present in Africa we will also visit Mozambique to follow up our last visit. The country has still lot to do and we can offer more appropriate and suitable solutions to their needs”.
Two countries, two different goals
South Africa is the most stable economy of the continent and has a very well established agricultural sector, sales, and distribution channels. It is also a great fruit and vegetable producer. Doing business in South Africa does not differ a lot from the European way, this makes the country even more attractive and safe for our companies.
The visit to Mozambique has very different goal for AGRAGEX. The agricultural mechanization is not very developed, but our companies can still offer suitable solutions.