Since 2019, Hello Tractor has partnered with AAS to expand access to mechanization across Uganda. To date, that partnership has yielded in over 6,000 farmers mechanized, covering over 5,000 hectares serviced by 23 tractor owners, each earning additional income from better managing their tractors and accessing more farmers using Hello Tractor Technology. We recently sat down with Innocent Kaahwa and Labeja Ceasar from AAS to discuss how their engagement with Hello Tractor began and the experience they have had so far.
To begin, please introduce AAS and the work that you do?
How did the partnership between Hello Tractor and AAS begin?
What does being a Hello Tractor technology reseller mean for your business?
Another way that AAS acts as an intermediary between dealership and tractor owners is that we regularly communicate with the tractor owners. Often, people who purchase tractors complain that the only time they receive calls is when they are defaulting or late on payments. We have stepped in to communicate regularly with tractor owners to see what work is being done or if the tractor needs maintenance. Africa Agribusiness Services can also remotely monitor tractors on behalf of the tractor owners as well, informing them when the tractor has suddenly moved to another county in Uganda or has been out of service for an extended period of time. Dealerships often do not have the manpower to continue to monitor the tractors after they leave the dealership or provide that level of support.
How have you benefited from the partnership and what are some of your goals moving forward?
AAS has shown great resilience during the pandemic, despite numerous challenges. Revenue decreased due to the difficult economic situation since March 2020, but we have still been able to expand our services into new parts of Uganda, particularly the southern parts. Money has not been our focus; we want to have a positive impact on those who are suffering from the pandemic and will continue to support smallholder farmers and tractor owners. We hope to expand our reach even further beyond Uganda and have more of an influence on the East African agricultural space. Once district-to-district movements become easier, we expect to have an even greater impact on the customers we serve. We are very thankful for our partnership with Hello Tractor during this difficult period.