Local manufacture of agricultural tools in Zimbabwe has started. Engineer Tinayeshe Mutazu, chief director of land development, agriculture, fisheries, water and irrigation for water and irrigation development, announced the start and said manufacturers have started production of agricultural implements worth US $ 13.5 million to use as attachments for imported tractors. at the facilities of John Deere and Belarus.
Last year, the country imported tractors to John Deere and Belarus facilities as part of the government’s efforts to transform the agricultural sector and ensure that the industry becomes the escape route from poverty and a a prerequisite for the country’s economic growth and prosperity.
Some of the implements for use with tractors will be imported. Engineer Tinayeshe Mutazu, said that the agricultural tools to be manufactured locally included 500 routers, 650 disc plows, 800 disc harrows, 500 boom sprayers and 200 corn shells.
Promote agricultural mechanization
Eng Mutazu said that as part of the first phase of the mechanization projects, all equipment was delivered except for a combine which was damaged during transport and returned to Belarus.
“The equipment includes 474 tractors, 59 combines, 210 seeders and five low bed trucks. The Treasury is still in the process of concluding contracts with the banks for the distribution of the equipment to the beneficiaries. However, the training of operators of government institutions started in June, ”he said,” Eng Mutazu said.
the Ministry of Lands continued to implement innovative agricultural programs and adopt sound policies to further revitalize the sector. Agricultural mechanization is important in Zimbabwe because it lowers production costs and increases competitiveness while allowing farmers to take advantage of economies of scale. The government is promoting agricultural mechanization so that farmers can increase their productivity and compete globally.