How your choice of engine oil may have helped a drought-hit farmer
14 October 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202020840
IN response to severe drought across large parts of South Africa and the associated hardships experienced by many farmers, Engen partnered with AgriSA earlier this year to help support the agricultural sector by driving contributions to their Drought Aid Fund.
Over a six-month period, Engen contributed R1 to the fund for every litre of participating Engen lubricant sold nationwide, raising R700 000 from April to September.
The fund aims to ensure that farms remain in production and that jobs and food security are protected.
The official handover of the money took place on 8 October.
Khalid Latiff, Engen’s General Manager: Lubricants said Engen was proud to play a part in an initiative that helps alleviate the adversity of thousands of farmers and farm workers given the company’s close ties to the agricultural sector.
“As a leading supplier of high-quality fuels and lubricants to the agricultural sector in South Africa we have witnessed first-hand the impact that the ongoing drought has had on farming communities. We sincerely hope that our partnership with AgriSA will help ensure the sustainability of this crucial sector.”
Andrea Campher, Disaster Risk Manager of AgriSA, thanked Engen for their support as drought is still prevalent in many provinces.
“The contribution of Engen will go a long way to assist farmers, farm workers and farming communities who are still suffering from this long-lasting drought. We will work closely with our provincial affiliates to ensure the aid reaches those who need it the most,” said Campher.
Engen’s Latiff also thanked their customers for playing a significant role.
“A big word of thanks is extended to our valued customers who purchased Dieselube 700 Super, Agritrac Super Universal and Agrifluid Transmission lubricants from participating co-ops as they helped contribute to the Drought Aid Fund, which will go a long way in supporting and sustaining the agricultural sector,” he said.