Export Territory Manager appointed by Claydon Drills

Andrei Botnari has joined Claydon Drills as Export Territory Manager, further strengthening the company’s growing export team. In his new role, Andrei will be working closely with Claydon’s Export Manager, Simon Revell, within the company’s Commercial Team headed by Spencer Claydon.

“This is an exciting time to be working for Claydon,” Andrei states. “For some time, I have noticed the Claydon System and the company’s range of Opti-Till® products getting increasing attention, much more than even five years ago. There is no doubt that they have a key role to play in promoting regenerative agriculture.”

Born in the Republic of Moldova, a landlocked Eastern European country between Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east and west, Andrei has spent his entire career in agriculture. He adds:

“Moldova relies heavily on its agricultural industry, which is the largest sector of the country’s economy. My mother and grandfather both have a PhD in agriculture, so the industry runs in our family and it was natural that I would follow in their footsteps.”

Andrei graduated from the State Agrarian University of Moldova (SAUM) in Chişinău, the country’s capital city, with a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Agronomy and Crop Science during 2008.

His first job was as an agronomist for one of Moldova’s largest companies, WeTrade SRL in Chişinău, which provides producers with effective technologies for growing crops. Initially, Andrei assisted with pesticide registrations and field trials, then became Product Manager for the company, which also farmed 16,000 hectares. In that role he was responsible for all aspects of developing the business, helping to bring about a five-fold increase in the number of products offered and the company’s annual turnover.

“I have known the Claydon family for some time, having met Jeff and Spencer Claydon on many occasions at agricultural events throughout Europe. Claydon is a unique company, combining the latest developments in techniques which reduce the time and cost of establishing combinable crops, with significant environmental benefits such as carbon sequestration.

“Regenerative agriculture is becoming increasingly important all over the world. I first heard about it while at University and learned how direct crop establishment was being used in countries such as Kazakhstan to minimise soil erosion. I have seen this approach becoming more and more relevant and popular for some years now, so I decided to apply my skills in this fast-developing sector of agriculture.

“My role will be to further develop and support Claydon’s dealers and customers in 20 countries, mainly in Central and Eastern Europe, focusing on Baltics, Poland, Bulgaria, and Romania.

Simon Revell, Export Manager, Claydon Drills, states:

“All of us at Claydon are delighted that Andrei is now working with us. His background in agronomy and experience of key export markets will be hugely beneficial.”

“Now is exactly the right time to be increasing our efforts in these markets because farmers are recognising the considerable benefits which they can achieve from using the Claydon System – not just in terms of time, cost, and labour savings, but also soil health and stability, moisture conservation and higher levels of organic matter. Those factors are quickly becoming major considerations for all farmers, but in certain areas they are critical.”

Andrei Botnari, Export Territory Manager, Claydon Drills, can be contacted on +44 7786 928748