PRESS RELEASE – EAGC Signs MoU with Quipbank

PRESS RELEASE

Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) Signs MoU with Vehicle and Equipment Leasing Limited (Quipbank) to Provide Leasing Equipment through EAGC–GSoko and E-Tinga Platforms

Grain Farmers to now Access Leasing Services through E-Tinga and G-Soko Platforms

 [Nairobi, Kenya, 20th February 2017]. The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) today has inked a partnership with the Vehicle and Equipment Leasing Limited (“QUIPBANK”) for a mutually beneficial agreement for the provision of farm equipment and implements to farmers and other grain stakeholders. The MoU is intended to provide farming solutions to the farmers and grain stakeholders through provision of platforms for leasing vehicles and equipment at cost effective arrangements through EAGC –G-Soko and E-Tinga platforms.

Speaking during the ceremony, EAGC Executive Director, Mr Gerald Masila said the MoU demonstrates commitment by both parties to implement the new journey and route that EAGC is taking to facilitate efficient, structured, inclusive and profitable grain trade in the eastern region, ensuring reduced cost of production.

Mr Masila added that, for many years, farmers in Eastern Africa have had a hard time accessing farm mechanization services hindering farmer’s capacity to fully maximize on their farm’s output, therefore, through this partnership, we aim to create an environment where farmers maximise on mechanization, increasing income and improving food security.

The EAGC- GSoko project is aimed at bringing structure and consistency to trade in grains, which are a critical component of our staple food value chain systems,” explained Gerald Masila,

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The 1st All Africa Post-Harvest Congress to Address Food Losses through Innovations

 

Panelists during the Launch of the 1st All Africa Post- Harvest Congress
Panelists during the Launch of the 1st All Africa Post- Harvest Congress

The Eastern Africa Grain Council, EAGC represented by Executive Director, Gerald Masila and Program Officer, Titus Kisangau participated in the 1st All Africa Post-Harvest Congress media launch breakfast meeting on 17th January, 2017 at The Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi. The breakfast was aimed at creating awareness to build discussions around post harvest losses of commodities which amounts to about 1.3 million tonnes in Africa yearly.
The meeting, graced by the Cabinet Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. Willy Bett, was aired live by the Kenya Television Network (KTN) and covered by several media houses in Kenya.
Mr Gerald Masila was among the panelists discussing the role of private sector in addressing issues of post harvest losses and grain markets and prices. In his remarks, he succinctly said that the private sector through EAGC, is committed to support post harvest technologies which would be adopted to offer lasting solutions to post harvest loses.

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