Africas Own The Tinkabi

Africa is proud to announce the arrival of its own tractor, the Tinkabi. With a name derived from the Siswati word for oxen, the Tinkabi was designed under the aegis of the Swaziland government and the National Industrial Development Corporation (NIDC) of Swaziland to give small

Tinkabi Old Tractor
The Tinkabi with seeding attachment National Industrial Development Corp.

fanners the opportunity to mechanize. As the NIDC theory goes, ". . . if [the] agricultural Third World is to develop, it is essential that a simple, low-cost tractor is made available to the farmer to increase his productivity and income."

The Tinkabi has many features not normally found on other tracers. Its front loading platform is capable of carrying 500 kilograms. The addition of a trailer brings the u anspovt capacity to 2,000 kilograms. The heart of the tractor is an air-cooled, hand-started, twin cylinder, lf> horsepoiver engine which, under normal farm use, consumes less than It/2 liters of diesel fuel per hour.

A wide range of implements can be clamped to the toolbar assembly. Basic equipment like the plow, planter, cultivator, ridger, and harrow accomplish the usual agricultural tasks while additional features such as a sprayer, circular saw, hammermill, water pump, overhead sprinkler system for up to four hectares, sawbench, and electrical generator make a useful contribution to the general chores that are needed to be done around the farm on a daily basis. As of May 1977, Tinkabi will do all this for about $2,000.

With a front loading platform and trailer, the Tinkabi can transpart ZfiOQ kilograms. National Industrial Development Corp.

With a front loading platform and trailer, the Tinkabi can transpart ZfiOQ kilograms. National Industrial Development Corp.

Tinkabi Tractor
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  • Charles Adegunwa
    Will like to contact Swazi- NIDC regarding Tinkabi. Need more info abt it. Hoping to look apply for a licence to produce. Pls contact me.
    7 years ago

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