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May 10, 2007

Brazilian irrigation company seeks partners in North Africa

Brazilian company Usmatic, a manufacturer of irrigation equipment, is seeking partnerships to assemble a production line in North Africa. This is one of the objectives of the participation of the company's president, Edmilson Marcondes dos Santos, in the business mission that the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce and the Brazilian Export and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex) will organise to the region late this month. "Our intention is not to export the pivots, but rather to sell technology. We are open to negotiation. We are interested in establishing joint ventures and establishing factories in the region," said Santos. The Brazilian delegation will travel to three countries: Morocco, Tunisia, and Egypt.

According to Santos, Usmatic makes two types of automatic pivots for irrigation, the mini and central types, with capacity to irrigate from 1.5 to 150 hectares. The equipment is not exported. The company has a monthly production capacity of twenty 150-hectare pivots. "We are aware that the North African market is very large, and that there is a demand for this type of product in the region. We are also going on the mission to get to know the technical regulations for the products in the region. Usmatic is fully capable of adapting products to the regulations of these countries," said Santos. According to him, the pivots have a rate of effectiveness for distributing and applying water of 90% to 96%, resulting in a large economy of water and energy. "We use state-of-the-art technology, imported from the United States," he explained.


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