Solis International, in partnership with Farm Engineering Industries Limited (FEIL Group of Companies), has conducted a workshop in Mombasa, where they showcased their multifunctional range of tractors considered the most affordable in the Kenyan market with hose powers ranging from 20-120hp and how they intend to enhance large scale production, drive small holder productivity and reduce cost of food, in line with the BIG 4 agenda on agriculture.
Speaking during the workshop, Mr. Amit Adya, Solis International Business Manager, while acknowledging Solis Intl, as 3rd largest tractor maker in India, said he intends to continue working closely with FEIL Group of Companies and the Mombasa County to achieve the BIG 4 agenda by providing world class tractors & agricultural Machinery that will adopt and utilize the latest agricultural techniques to maximize the output, with a view of reducing cost of food production.
“In Mombasa, we have recorded close to 20% growth on Solis tractors orders, attributed to the tractors’ versatility, affordability, simplicity to operate, easy maintenance and its ability to go the distance while offering maximum uptime and reduced maintenance cost in haulage, ploughing and rotaring functions. The Solis tractors are multifunctional tractors which are the perfect workhorse in the farm and beyond,” Mr. Amit said “We hope to double the number considering FEIL Group of Companies’ partnership with Co-operative Bank to offer tailored asset finance of up to 80% financing to our customers.”
Gladjos Enterprises’ directors, Mr and Mrs John, who have bought eighteen 75hp 2WD Solis tractors from FEIL Group of Companies noted that they are impressed with the tractors performance and the services they get. “The Solis tractors have been able to offer us excellent maneuverability, ergonomic comfort and fuel efficiency, making us use them in a wide range of agricultural and non-agricultural tasks, including hauling work,” Mr John said. “FEIL has also offered us a lot of support when it comes to after sales where they have a dedicated rapid response field service teams and spares availability at all their branches.”
The workshop, was graced by Mr. Victor, Head of Agriculture and Livestock in Kilifi county and key players from various industries with representatives from companies like, Mombasa Cement, Kenya Power& Lighting Company (KPLC), Unga EXE Babito Contractors, Vipingo Ridge, Hahika, Gladjos Enterprises, Postal terminal, etc.
According to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), agriculture in Kenya is large and complex, yet, the dynamics of poverty within Kenya are changing and directly influencing the country’s agricultural sector. Currently 46 per cent of the population live on less than 1 USD a day, 36.5 per cent are food insecure and 35 per cent of children under five are stunted (chronically malnourished) in Kenya due to the high cost of food production, that makes them unable to fend for themselves.
This therefore influenced Farm Engineering to partner with Solis ITL, in order to sell the affordable and multifunctional Solis range of tractors as part of their commitment to reduce the cost of production, especially for the small scale farmers who intend to also transport their produce.
Solis International Tractors Ltd stands as the 3rd largest tractor maker in India and is recognized in both domestic as well as international markets as a formidable player. The company is present in more than 80 Countries globally, hence, one of the fastest growing tractor players in the industry. Solis ITL is the only Indian company that exports tractors to more than 24 European countries, making it the top Indian brand in Europe.
“Our association with FEIL Group of Companies is founded on the delivery of proven performance tractors as well as reliable field and workshop service and parts that afford us a round the clock guarantee to meet growing market demand for these affordable tractors, especially in Mombasa since we believe that the Coastal region has a promising future for these versatile tractors.” Mr Amit said.