The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and its partner in the tractor and agricultural equipment assembly plant, Ursus of Poland, exhibited at the 4th annual AgriTech Expo held in Chisamba, Central Province from 27-29 April 2017.
The IDC-Ursus stand was graced by a visit from the President of the Republic of Zambia and Chairman of the IDC Board of Directors, His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, following his offical opening of the expo on 28th April 2017. Present at the expo stand were the IDC Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mateyo Kaluba and Ursus President, Mr. Karol Zarajczyk.
President Lungu toured the IDC-Ursus stand with Mr. Zarajczyk providing a background of Ursus' history and involvement in the mechanisation of the agriculture sector of Poland. Mr. Zarajczyk stated that 50% of all tractors in Poland are made by Ursus. To which President Lungu responded by saying that Zambia was ready to work with Ursus through its partnership with the IDC.
Accompanying President Lungu were the Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Dora Siliya, the Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Hon. Margaret Mwanakatwe, and the Minister of Fisheries and Livestock, Hon. Michael Zondani Katambo.
Speaking at the Expo, IDC Acting Chief Executive Officer said "I am delighted with the turnout and interest shown in the Ursus tractors. It shows that farmers are ready for mechanisation and the IDC will play a pivotal role in ensuring that we deliver tractors and other implements that enable the growth of the Zambian agriculture sector."
The IDC-Ursus exhibit attracted more than 500 vistors during the three-day expo, with visitors showing great interest in acquiring the 50- and 110-horse power tractor models once they begin rolling off the assembly plant.
The plant to be constructed in the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone will assemble 10,000 units annually and export tractors and other agrilcultural equipment to the Southern Africa region. Ursus Zambia will create 400 jobs in 10 service centres across the country and 300 direct jobs at the plant.