BOTHAVILLE, South Africa – Argentina once again was the foreign country with the biggest presence at NAMPO Harvest Day, Africa’s largest agricultural trade show and the annual festival par excellence of the “boer” (farmer in Afrikaans) culture, an event held in the central South African maize farming town of Bothaville.
“Our companies here are oriented toward direct sowing, precision farming and grain bagging,” the representative of Argentine company Ipesa, Alberto Mendiondo, told EFE.
These techniques improve production and represent a revolution for South Africa as its strives to safeguard its food security from drought.
These procedures, which are cheaper and more water-efficient, constitute a technological “system” or “package” that Argentina is transferring to South Africa.
According to official figures, Argentine exports to the African country have grown by 215 percent since the two nations’ agricultural sectors began cooperating in 2008.
Tony Acosta, one of the South African farmers who attended the fair, has managed to increase his corn crop by 26 percent and his soy crop by 38 percent using machinery and procedures from Argentina.
Despite their international presence, the 14 Argentine companies that participated in NAMPO 2016 are mainly family-run operations.
Tens of thousands of people visited Bothaville during the four-day fair, which ended Friday.
The Argentine pavilion featured cattle and sheep and a large exhibition of farm machinery and products.