Thursday, 05 November 2020 10:49

Ag equipment sector remains positive

Written by  Mark Daniel
TAMA president Kyle Baxter says despite sales volumes being down members remain confident. TAMA president Kyle Baxter says despite sales volumes being down members remain confident.

New Zealand's agricultural equipment sector remains in a positive mood, according to the Tractor and Machinery Association (TAMA), which represents the sector in manufacturing, retailing and distribution. 

Sales statistics for the year to date (September 30) are down by around 18%, compared with 2019‘s record-breaking year. However, indicators remain positive as New Zealand enters the peak of another growing season. 

TAMA president Kyle Baxter says despite sales volumes being down in some equipment ranges, members are confident. He says customers are already discussing their machine requirements for autumn and spring 2021, which was a really encouraging sign. 

“Everyone has benefited from a mostly favourable winter around the country. This weather was greatly appreciated by many customers in a year that has seen a never-ending list of challenges.” 

Baxter says one big challenge still facing TAMA members is the continuation of international border restrictions. 

“Many TAMA members rely on overseas staff to fulfil a broad range of roles within dealerships, manufacturing and technical support roles,” he says. “With these roles not being able to be filled from overseas during the season, and possibly beyond, TAMA is urging its members to look at other options available.” 

Baxter says these options include COVID-19 government funding for businesses that take on new apprentices or retrain unemployed people from other sectors. 

A recent TAMA triennial employment survey, released in August, showed the industry currently had 318 apprentices, but needs 176 more. The survey also showed that around 25% of the workforce is likely retire in the next 15 years, while only 32% of staff are aged under 30.  

“We want to attract more under 30s into our industry to help ensure sound succession planning,” Baxter says. 

“Given the huge uptake and integration of new technology into our sector, the job opportunities continue to develop as quickly as the technology. It’s hugely encouraging to hear from members who have had successes with the new apprenticeship funding, and I am positive that this success will continue into 2021 and beyond.” 

More like this

New faces and challenges for association

With Covid-19 effectively cancelling the annual meeting of the Tractor and Machinery Association (TAMA), this year’s event was conducted by teleconferencing.

TAMA calls for Govt help

The Tractor and Farm Machinery Association (TAMA) is calling on the Government to take urgent measures to help its sector in the face of plummeting sales.


Machinery & Products

Made in NZ... Hansen Products

Made in New Zealand looks at the wealth of design and manufacturing ability we have in this country, producing productive…

New models mark seventh decade

Celebrating its 70th year – and having already released the fifth generation A Series in January – Valtra has just…

Kubota's new autumn offerings

Kubota, which is gaining traction in the agricultural sector with an ever-broadening portfolio, has announced some additions for autumn.

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Red blooded

OPINION: Your canine crusader had a good old giggle over the reaction to a recent survey, which found that more…


OPINION: Your old mate was intrigued by a recent ranking of Government ministers' performance in the media of late.

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter