Ursus tractors opens factory line in Ethiopia

The contract, signed in September 2013 and financed in part by the Polish ‘Go Africa’ programme, is worth some PLN 90 million, with over 1,500 tractors already sold in the country.

“We have been sending our people to train the local workforce for the past six months,” Ursus spokesman Mariusz Lewandowski told the Gazeta Wyborcza daily.

Former president Lech Wałęsa was at the factory in the Ethiopian city of Adama for the opening.

“If Africa develops, then the whole world will follow suit,” Wałęsa said.

Currently, 83 percent of Ethiopian society make their living on agriculture, although only two percent use tractors, the Ethiopian agriculture minsiter Ato Tefera Derebew told Gazeta Wyborcza.

Meanwhile, Ursus is mulling entering the Tanzanian market, with the CEO Karol Zarajczyk saying that the company intends on undertaking further contracts in Etiopia following the conclusion of the current delivery. (jb)

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