Agrico designs and supplies all types of irrigation systems and specialises in turnkey water supply projects. We build long-term relationships and offer excellent service to growers across Africa.
Who we are
The efficient use of water and energy lies at our core
Agrico designs and supplies all types of irrigation systems. Agrico also specialises in turnkey water supply projects. We provide elegant irrigation solutions, using only the best components and technology, to fit your specific needs and ensure optimal use of available water and energy resources.
For everyone at Agrico,
it’s about you
For everyone at Agrico, it’s about you
Long-term relationships underpin our business. By getting to know you, your farm, production challenges and opportunities, we are better equipped to understand your irrigation needs and help you achieve success.
At Agrico, water runs thicker than blood
Some are united through lineage. Others, through passion. Our obsession with efficient water transport and irrigation solutions is what binds us together. For more than 100 years, we have been innovating and streamlining the company to become the ultimate supplier of irrigation equipment.
Agrico in numbers
We build long-term business relationships based on mutual trust, loyalty and respect. Close relationships with our clients, colleagues and suppliers help us develop a sound understanding of their needs and identify ways in which we can create value for them and society at large.
The optimal solution
Value for money
We look ahead
Innovation where it matters
Agrico uses the latest technology to bring you elegant solutions that fulfil local needs. We strive to identify shortcomings in the market and make the necessary investments to address them.
Paul and Anna Andrag arrive in Cape Town, South Africa, having left Germany. A blacksmith by trade, Paul works for the Moravian Mission near Caledon, managing a trading store at Genadendal.
Paul and his family move to Saron in the Tulbagh region, where he continues with a trading store. In the aftermath of the Anglo-Boer War, agricultural production in South Africa expands rapidly, and Paul notices that local farmers face many problems due to a lack of proper equipment and agricultural tools. As a solution, he starts importing equipment from Europe.
His start-up company, then named Paul Andrag & Co, expands. They start importing more equipment to sell locally, including Lanz Tractors, Perrot Irrigation, Deutz Engines, Fahr Combines and KSB pumps. By 1926, they had opened a new branch in Gouda and another in Moorreesburg.
In time, Paul’s five sons join him in the business, which is renamed to P Andrag & Sons (Pty) Ltd. The company manufactures much of the machinery and equipment locally, and introduces many pioneering ideas to South Africa.
They install South Africa’s first sprinkler irrigation system, with the help of Perrot in Germany, a supplier of irrigation pipes. In the same year, the company signs an agreement with John Deere to become their agent in South Africa, a relationship that continued for more than 70 years.
A sister company, Agrico Machinery (Pty) Ltd, is founded to resume importation of Lanz Tractors from Germany, while P Andrag & Sons imports John Deere tractors and implements. The branch network of Agrico steadily grows in response to demand for its products.
The company starts manufacturing PVC pipe. As the oldest manufacturer of PVC pipe in southern Africa, Agrico currently manufactures and sells more than 2 million metres of PVC every year.
Lindsay halts the export of centre pivots to South Africa. Over the course of a few short months Agrico tools up to fabricate all steel components in-house at its factory in Lichtenburg, giving birth to the Agrico G3 centre pivot.
The shareholders merge the Andrag and Agrico companies to realise synergies in manufacturing, marketing and distribution. The new entity is named Andrag Agrico. In the same year, a new factory with an integrated galvanising plant is opened in Lichtenburg. In 2010, the name of the company is shortened to Agrico.
Agrico sells its imported mechanisation division to focus on irrigation and the transport of water. Colloquially referred to as 'Mexit', this simplification of the business allows Agrico to concentrate on its core business: the efficient use of water. Agrico retains its own range of robust implements, manufactured at its factories in Lichtenburg and Bellville.
Agrico is currently the largest supplier of irrigation equipment in southern Africa, and continues to produce robust agricultural implements. More than 30 branches across southern Africa are focused on providing clients with the best advice, products and service regarding their irrigation needs.
Tell us about your irrigation system needs - we’d love to help!
Agrico has multiple branches throughout southern Africa
We provide commercial irrigation solutions for a wide variety of farms growing a wide variety of crops. Your nearest Agrico agent can provide the necessary information, advice and support you will need to make informed decisions about your irrigation strategy.