A privately-run mechanical firm in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap has exported four of its combine harvesters to Myanmar after two years of improving its technology and manufacturing facility to meet the high requirements of its Myanmarese partner.
Phan Tan Ben, director of Phan Tan Co Ltd, said his products are highly appreciated by the importer, Awaba Group, for their stable operations in Myanmar’s fields, as well as their much lower cost compared to Japanese machines.
The Phan Tan combine harvesters were sold to Myanmar at around US$15,000 each, while Ben said the Japanese products cost $25,000 apiece.
A combine harvester is a machine that harvests grain crops by combining three separate harvesting operations – reaping, threshing, and winnowing – into a single process.
The Vietnamese firm was recommended to Myanmarese partners by the former chairman of Dong Thap, Le Minh Hoan, while he was visiting the country in 2012.
Ben then invested heavily to upgrade his company’s equipment to be able to sell products to Myanmar, as he saw that there is potential to do business there, he told the Dong Thap Portal on Friday.
The company has also shipped four combine harvesters to Tanzania, where the products generated positive feedback from local farmers.
Phan Tan Co is seeking opportunities to ship its farm machines to Laos and several African countries.