New self-propelled Enduro harvester increases capacity for potato cultivation

New self-propelled Enduro harvester increases capacity for potato cultivation


About Aktogay Agro
  • Area: 1600 hectares of potatoes, 50 000 hectares in total
  • Active regio: Pavlodar (north-east of Kazakhstan)
  • Good to know: 
    • 3500 hectares irrigated
    • Share of the potatoes goes to a crisps factory
    • 250 hectares of carrots 
    • Focus on quality potatoes and vegetables

First Enduro in Kazachstan


Igor Nochevka, an agronomist at Aktogay Agro specialised in potatoes and vegetables, talks about the recent purchase of a new Enduro harvester.

‘We recently expanded the potato acreage quite a bit. The need for the highest possible capacity was a decisive factor in the selection of the new harvester. On a typical working day, up to 17 hectares can now be harvested, and even in wet conditions we still manage 9 hectares. We cannot achieve this impressive capacity with two trailed harvesters,’ says Igor.

‘A number of factors contribute to the high capacity, including the largest bunker in the 4-row market segment on tyres, and the high harvesting speed. The new harvester can reach speeds of up to 11 km per hour, although on average it drives at around 8 km per hour.’

‘Besides higher capacity, the new harvester offers other advantages, such as powered discs that never drag, even in wet conditions,’ Igor explains. ‘Blockages almost never occur, and if they do, we can solve them within seconds by individually reversing all the webs. In contrast, our trailed harvesters can sometimes be idle for up to an hour when a blockage develops.’

‘While unloading the bunker, extra cleaning ensures that almost no soil gets in,’ Igor points out. ‘Moreover, we can choose whether to use axial rollers. This means there is virtually no loss of potatoes because the machine harvests very cleanly and leaves nothing behind.’

‘The new harvester has hardly been idle this season, unlike our trailed harvesters,’ says Igor. ‘Even in cases where there is water between the ridges and we would actually prefer not to continue, we have no choice because of an early frost. Fortunately, the machine handles our heavy soil well.’

Besides the technical advantages of the new harvester, the fact that it only requires one driver – while achieving more than twice the capacity compared to two trailed harvesters – was also an important consideration for Aktogay Agro.

‘Despite some initial nervousness when getting started, due to the many adjustment options, learning to quickly adapt the machine to daily changing conditions proved surprisingly easy in practice, thanks to the highly intuitive display. Any questions were promptly addressed and resolved,’ Igor concludes.

We can therefore say that Igor, the driver and the owner of Aktogay Agro are very happy with their new harvester. Thanks to its higher capacity, better performance under various conditions and efficiency, they say this investment has already more than paid for itself.