It is estimated that this factory produces about three thousand tractors per year - which are equipped with suitable agricultural implements for the national market. According to Jornal de Angola, the factory has already started to produce its first tractors, even without being officially inaugurated. The inauguration had to be postponed because of covid-19, but it will be done.
The same newspaper also reveals that 80 percent of the workforce used to produce these tractors is national.
The project was funded by the United Arab Emirates. The two countries signed a memorandum - which provided for an investment of around 100 million dollars in that plant - in December 2019, when Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum, a member of the royal family of the United Arab Emirates, visited Angola.
The aim of this agreement is to help our country's economy to grow, by investing in the industrial and agricultural sector and by creating jobs.
In addition to the production of agricultural tractors, the United Arab Emirates also has its eye on the production of Angolan fertilisers and pesticides.
The implementation of this plant was assisted by the Private Investment and Export Promotion Agency (AIPEX) and the Ministries of Industry and Economy and with the collaboration of the Italian multinational Massey Ferguson.
Besides the tractor assembly line, the factory also has a space dedicated to the training of technicians and farmers.
This unit also enables your customers to maintain their tractor, giving them the possibility to buy and replace parts that are already worn out.
To arrange the parts, the factory will contact local suppliers to boost national employment and thus reduce the number of imports.