Agrico designs and supplies all types of irrigation systems. Many components of the irrigation systems as well as AGRICO centre pivots, -implements, -sprayers and -tractors are developed and manufactured in-house. All products are reliable and robust and offer excellent value in terms of initial capital cost and low running cost, as well as ease of use – saving time and money. Agrico backs up the products with an unmatched service network. We help you to farm more economically, to achieve better yields and to be more profitable.
A SHORT HISTORY OF AGRICO
On February 4, 1896 Paul Andrag arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, having left Germany to work for the Moravian Mission near Caledon. His task was to manage the trading store at Genadendal. During 1904 he started his own business in Cape Town and subsequently transferred to Saron, situated between Gouda and Porterville in the Cape and continued with a trading store.
Paul noticed that the local farmers faced many problems due to a lack of proper equipment. He knew that European agricultural machinery could solve some of these difficulties and began to import equipment to sell locally. Well-known agencies were acquired, including Lanz Tractors, Perrot Irrigation, Deutz Engines, John Deere Tractors, Fahr Combines, KSB pumps and others.
In time, his sons joined him in the business and many pioneering ideas were introduced to South Africa by them. Some of these are: The first rubber-tyred tractor, the first sprinkler irrigation, useful varieties of plants (Including Lupins and Serradella), some of the first locally manufactured ploughs, the first locally made irrigation tubing and many more. By the time the second world war had ended, all five sons of Paul were active in the business, which was then called P Andrag & Sons.
In 1950 Agrico Machinery (Pty) Ltd was founded to resume importation of Lanz Tractors. The branch network of Agrico grew steadily to follow the demand for its products. During 2000 the shareholders merged the Andrag and Agrico companies into one, larger group. This was done to make use of synergies in manufacturing, marketing and distribution. In 2016 Agrico decided to sell the machanisation devision (comprising various agencies) in order to focus on Agrico’s own manufactured products and it’s water related business. Today there are 27 branches spread over Southern Africa, including a new branch in Zambia.
Three factories produce implements, agricultural tractors, industrial tractors, centre pivots, quick coupling pipes, PVC pipes, polyethylene pipes, drippers, micro jets, aluminium and iron castings, electric valves and crop sprayers. The 4+Series of tractors was developed, with sales to farmers commencing in 1986. The cumulative production exceeds 600 tractors. The manufacture of centre pivots was started in 1988 and is done in an integrated factory that features on-site galvanising.
Currently five shareholders, who are all university graduates, are active in the day to day management of the company with more third and fourth generation family members serving as non-executive directors. Therefore three successful generation successions have taken place, often a critical stage for a family business.
Our company currently employs over 900 people, and has annual sales exceeding 1 Billion Rand.
Our management style can be characterised as conservative. This philosophy coincides with that of our main customers, the farming community, construction and industrial companies. These customers generally have a low mobility and tend to favour long-term business relationships, based on mutual trust.
The AGRICO 4+ series tractor is the only tractor designed and produced in South Africa. This range of articulated tractors is made up of 6 models from 125kW to 400 kW. The articulated design can accommodate a rear 3 pt as well as a front 3pt or shovel attachment, allowing a 4+ series tractor to handle a variety of implements and tools. The flexibility, high power output and narrow working width make 4+series tractors ideal for large arable farms. Production of the 4+ series commenced in 1985 and continues to the present.
The heavy-duty fibreglass tank is resistant to chemicals and ultraviolet rays and has a capacity of 2 000 litres.
The frame is of galvanised steel.
A Bertolini 2136Poli pump (125 litres/min, 1 500 kPa) is fitted, driven from the tractor’s PTO. This is of the piston diaphragm type and can be used to pump liquid fertiliser and other corrosive materials as the material being pumped never come into contact with the pistons. AGRICO has been successfully using similar Bertolini pumps for many years.
The AGRICO cultivator is a high-quality implement for the cultivation of row crops at up to 12 km/h built with the best technology and -materials with a model for every configuration.
Highly suitable for seedbed preparation and ideal for moisture conservation and prevention of wind erosion.
Heavy-duty– Famous DVS tines mounted on a robust spring and shank for extreme conditions.
Standard duty – Famous spring steel S-tines with helper springs are adjustable and ensure very low draught requirements, due to high-frequency vibrations and very narrow streamlined profile at share fixing point. This result in very low fuel consumption and production costs.