18 May 1999
German farmers spend more on machinery

By Mike Stones in Osnabruck

BETTER incomes for German dairy and potato producers led to farm machinery sales up by more than 6% last year, to DM2.8 billion (£945m).

New tractor registrations rose by 6.5% to 27,539 units last year.

Only in areas of intensive pig production did new tractor registrations fall, said Dr Franz-George Busse, president of Association of Agricultural Manufacturers LAV.

“Better incomes for dairy farmers caused sales of forage machinery to grow significantly. And higher potato prices boosted demand for potato harvesters while sales of tillage equipment remained static,” he added

In the first three months of this year, 6956 tractors were registered in Germany – a small reduction on the same period last year.