Dec. 1, 2020
Of the 474 tractors expected under the Belarus facility, 450 tractors have now been received for distribution to farmers through designated banks.
Oct. 21, 2020
Cabinet considered and approved Phase II of the Belarus Farm Mechanisation Facility, which was presented by the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement. Under Phase II, the Republic of Belarus will supply an additional US$51 940 149 worth of farm mechanisation equipment. The 1 337 tractors, five disc harrows and 16 combine harvesters to be supplied under Phase II will raise the mechanised tillage area by one hundred and thirty three thousand seven hundred 133 700 hectares. The implements for the tractors will be acquired locally since Government has already started the process of capacitating local industry to manufacture tractor-drawn implements. Through this approach the country will get more tractor units, save on foreign currency and capacitate the local industry.
May 19, 2019
Zimbabwe is working on a US$60 million massive agriculture mechanisation deal with an Indian firm, International Tractor Limited (ITL), that will see distribution of tractors, combine harvesters and various implements to benefit local farmers, according to project promoters.
April 13, 2020
Government received 30 tractors that are part of the US$50 million deal it signed with global tractor manufacturer, John Deere, in November 2018.The deal which will see John Deere supplying 1 300 tractors, 80 combine harvesters and other related agricultural equipment was cemented following President Mnangagwa’s engagement with John Deere Agriculture Worldwide president Mr Mark von Pentz who expressed his willingness to partner the Government in boosting the agriculture sector through mechanisation.
June 15, 2020
Government has created an agricultural equipment leasing unit within Agribank to assist farmers with farming equipment at a low fee to enhance production on farms.
The Government has also sourced 5,000 motorbikes for agricultural extension officers so that they are mobile to support farmers with proper farming methods to increase yields.
May 14, 2020
The Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement has acquired eight tractors and an assortment of implements as part of ongoing efforts to retool research institutions across the country.
The tractors are destined for horticulture, coffee, cotton, Lowveld, agronomy, crop breeding, Save Valley and Panmure institutions and will be used for tillage and general farm operations.
Sept. 10, 2019
Governemnt has approved a US $51 million facility to be financed by farm equipment manufacturing company John Deere.