Agra increased its footprint and extended its service to producers with the opening of a retail branch at the Hardap Irrigation Scheme. The opening of this Agra outlet was celebrated on Wednesday, 12 April 2017. Agra@Hardap was established with the purpose to bring products and services closer to the agronomic producers in the area. The Hardap irrigation scheme is one of the main agronomic areas in Namibia with about 35 agronomy producers growing Lucerne, wheat, maize, beans, teff grass and sorghum while 13 agronomists and horticulture/vegetable producers in the area of Stampriet will also benefit from the branch’s presence.
The opening of the Agra@Hardap branch was celebrated by means of an information session focusing on crop production before the official opening program. Dr Chris Schmidt from Sidi Parani explained updated guidelines for applying phosphate fertiliser and shared valuable information on the growing of Lucerne. Mr. Jannie de Bruyn, a representative of Pannar, informed producers about new maize cultivars that are available on the market.
“We are one of the main pillars in the agricultural industry and through our extensive product range, Agra becomes more and more important to a larger and more diversified client base”, said Agra’s CEO, Arnold Klein in his opening speech. He stated that Agra has shown tremendous growth during the past years and has invested millions in Namibian infrastructure.
Klein also explained that Agra identified the need in the area to establish a focused product and service delivery, hence the decision to invest in a retail outlet at Hardap to supply agronomic inputs such as seed, fertiliser, chemicals and other necessities for agronomic producers. Agra@Hardap is the first retail outlet of its kind. As part of the Agra branch network it however brings advantages to clients such as Agra’s position in Namibia, excellent relationships with a large pool of suppliers and access to their expertise as well as experts within Agra such as agronomists who are available to assist these specific producers.
Ryno van der Merwe, Chairman of the Board of Agra congratulated the management and staff of Agra for having the vision to establish Agra@Hardap and wished them the best of success before declaring the branch open. He stated that the challenges of the agricultural industry also bring challenges for Agra as agricultural role player and encouraged the producers to make use of the products, services and expertise that Agra@Hardap bring to the area.