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Valtra Donates Tractor to Agriculture School in South Africa
2012-06-16

Valtra has donated an A93 HiTech tractor to the Weiveld Agriculture School in South Africa.

Ein Traktor für Afrika

Ein Traktor für Afrika

Weiveld is the largest agriculture school in South Africa with 600 students, but it’s fleet of tractors is decades old. The donation includes long-term service, training and spare parts support. Founded in 1994 after the end of apartheid, the school is free of charge to students.

“We would rather teach people to produce food themselves rather than donate food to them. Students at the school are taught how to use modern agricultural technology effectively and safely. This helps their employment prospects and provides a knowledgeable workforce for farms, benefiting both the agricultural sector and the entire country,” stated Jari Rautjärvi, Managing Director of Valtra, in his speech at the donation ceremony.

The donated tractor was part of a campaign that began last November at the Agritechnica fair in Hanover, Germany. Almost 6500 visitors to the Valtra stand took the opportunity to paint their fingerprints and greetings on the side of a new N113 HiTech tractor. The tractor then toured other exhibitions throughout the winter and was auctioned at the end of May at the Richie Bros. Auctioneers in Meppen, Germany. The highest bidder was a farm from Bavaria, who paid 70,000 euros for the tractor. The proceeds from the auction will go towards the new A93 HiTech tractor for the school plus service, training and spare parts support.

Valtra Inc. develops, manufactures, markets and services Valtra tractors. Valtra is the leading tractor manufacturer in the Nordic countries and the second most popular brand in Latin America. Total production in Finland and Brazil amounted to 23,000 tractors in 2011. Valtra is a worldwide brand of AGCO Corporation.

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