Designed to offer a holistic solution, FIAB provides a range of essential farm equipment and tractor driving expertise together with the crucial support mechanisms needed to ensure enduring and productive machinery operation. The objective is to offer “for-hire” mechanization services to smallholder farmers, enabling them to reap the benefits of agricultural equipment without having to invest in capital assets.
Along with the ‘hardware’ of tractors, implements, spare parts and workshop tools, the package includes training programs and support from a dedicated AGCO Operations Center which provides technical advice and guidance. Importantly, Farm in a Box takes maximum advantage of the latest telemetry and mobile technology to enable remote monitoring of the equipment and the use of Mobile Apps.
This high level of monitoring, support and guidance really sets the concept apart.
FIAB is very much an entrepreneurial platform and operates on a franchise model, with franchisees appointed and trained by AGCO. This model helps build the capacity of small-scale enterprises and provides business opportunities for entrepreneurs, contractors, and the many specialty agricultural supply stores-known as agro-dealers – present throughout Africa’s rural areas.