Zimbabwe, with a deficit of 33 000 tractors, 500 000 combine harvesters and 10 000 planters, is courting Belarus and John Deere for the supply of agriculture mechanisation equipment worth US$100 million.
The Belarusian deal is worth US$52m while the John Deere facility is worth US$50m.
Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Vangelis Haritatos says Zimbabwe expects to start receiving 1 000 tractors from next week.
“The deficit has to be covered in the next two to three years. We have no option climatic change is upon us and we need to attain self-sufficiency as a country because agriculture is the back bone of our economy,” he said.
A study carried out in India titled; Impact of Agricultural Mechanisation on Production, Productivity, Cropping Intensity Income Generation and Employment of Labour highlighted that mechanisation can result in improved yields and quality of production.
The research says that farm mechanisation enhances “the production and productivity of different crops due to timeliness of operations, better quality of operations and precision in the application of the inputs.
Mechanisation has a number of objectives and advantages including enhancing cropping intensity; productivity and production at reduced production costs.