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MAHESH R. PATEL

MAHESH R. PATEL

Executive Chairman

I have a simple belief: “If farmers grow, we grow too”.

Our unwavering focus on the farmer is important on a global scale as they are key in developing the world’s agricultural sector for long-term sustainability. Firstly, because changing climate patterns are negatively affecting agricultural production worldwide and also because the population is growing rapidly. Therefore, we all need to do what we can to encourage the production of our basic requirement; Food.

ETG has played a pivotal role in alleviating the subsistence farming culture in numerous rural locations. We have done this by providing our farmers with the best possible prices for their produce, and also facilitate farm gate collections. This incentivises them to produce commercially. To ensure their success, ETG has also encouraged them to produce high value crops suitable to their region, utilise viable farming methods, provided the necessary agri-inputs, and farmer extension services at their doorstep.

ETG has grown into what it is today because we learnt how to move goods from these remote origins to various destinations, and the other way around, while preserving their quality. This was challenging due to the lack of infrastructure, which was dilapidated or non-existent, rudimentary means of communication and sometimes civil unrest. Hence, a majority of the profits generated by the business were reinvested to gradually build our infrastructure and finance trading activities. These activities were executed by a strong team of individuals, eager to work hard and learn. They took on multiple roles and adapted to each environment and challenge throughout our expansion. Today, employees in senior positions have been with the company for at least 15 years.

ETG’s credibility ensures that our operations are trusted by and also support various development objectives of the governments and aid organisations in the countries in which we operate. These organisations include the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) and the World Food Programme (WFP), to whom we are a major supplier of enriched food products for devastated regions.