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Published May 05, 2011, 11:18 AM

Donated tractor on its way to Ghana, Africa

Henning, Minn. (WDAY TV) - It will take an incredible journey before it plows its first field or pulls a wagon. Today in rural Otter Tail County, a retired pastor donated an old tractor that will kick off a Minnesota based project called: Tractors for Peace.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

The good news is the old reliable Ford tractor still runs.

GENE CHASE - Tractors for Peace: “If we could get it over here.”

But today, owner Ken Moenck decided to part ways with his old 4-wheel friend, donating the tractor to a farmer in Ghana, Africa.

KEN MOENCK - Donating Tractor to Ghana: “You give a man cash and he will eat for a week, you teach him how to drive a tractor and fertilize and the seed and he can eat for a lifetime. That make sense, rather than throwing money down the drain, people will get real use out of this.

GENE CHASETractors for Peace: “If you think about it, they have been using sticks and shovels. They have never seen a tractor.”

Those involved with the Tractors for Peace program are out and about collecting tractors from around the Midwest. But the equipment just doesn't get shipped and left in developing countries. Farmers there are trained to use and repair the tractors, which are shared by many growers.

GENE CHASE - Tractors for Peace: “Even if it runs, diesel is 7 dollars a gallon to our four. So even if they have a tractor can't run it, it will be inputs and methods and ag teaching, going to markets and several things to bring our agriculture to them.”

This is just the beginning of the journey for this old Ford tractor it will be off to be refurbished by technical students in the Midwest into a container then off to farmers in Ghana. After years of snow clearing and summer rides for the grandkids, the Ford will soon be out of retirement, and in the fields of Africa, helping plant and harvest more than just a crop.

Tractors for Peace is still looking for more farm equipment to donate to Ghana and other developing countries.