Société de Transformation Agricole et de Développement Rural (Sotrader) is a company formed via a public-private partnership between the Gabonese government and Olam International to implement GRAINE, a project to cultivate 200,000 ha of land with the aim of creating jobs and improving the country’s food security. Tractafric equipped Sotrader with several hundred CAT machines in 2016.
The agreement provided for Tractafric to host 80 Gabonese technicians at its Casablanca training center and to supply Sotrader with a training center in Libreville. Construction was recently completed on the center, which will soon be handed over to Sotrader and begin training machine operators and maintenance technicians. The Libreville center will have a training capacity of 12 people per week and enable more than 500 Gabonese per year to acquire expertise in technical fields with high valued-added.