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AGCO Agribusiness Qualification students celebrate graduation

Posted 11 December 2019

“They’ve obtained high-quality applied education relevant to the Agribusiness sector and we envisage that graduating students will be employed by AGCO in various roles within the global agribusiness sector.”

Dr Andy Wilcox and Ed Mashatise with the AAQ graduates

Students on the AGCO Agribusiness Qualification (AAQ) Programme in Nairobi, Kenya, celebrated their graduation this week. The programme, funded by AGCO, equips young African students with the essential skills they need to work within the agricultural sector.

Dr Andy Wilcox, Head of the Crop and Environment Sciences Department at Harper Adams University provided academic oversight of the course and Ed Mashatise, lecturer in Sub-Saharan and Tropical Agriculture at Harper Adams University, has delivered several technical modules including Agricultural Science, Crop Production and Mechanisation.

“This has been a great opportunity for young African students to link up with a major machinery manufacturer,” said Dr Wilcox. “They’ve obtained high-quality applied education relevant to the agribusiness sector and we envisage that graduating students will be employed by AGCO in various roles within the global agribusiness sector.”

The AAQ exposes students to a variety of aspects of the agribusiness industry. As part of the module, the students visited Sigma Feeds Limited and their dairy farm in Rongai on the outskirts of Nairobi. Important livestock management skills were promoted throughout these visits with particular emphasis on the health and welfare of farm animals.

Students were also taken to large-scale arable farms growing combinable crops as part of their Crop Production Systems and Crop Nutrition and Protection modules, where they observed and took part in some of the farm operations such as ploughing, drilling, spraying, harvesting and storage.

Dr Wilcox added: “It’s been a wonderful opportunity to work with our partners in Africa, namely AGCO Africa, Strathmore University and the Bridge Group Africa, and we’re looking forward to making even bigger strides forward in Africa in the future.”

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