Zim’s agriculture mechanisation lagging behind
Zimbabwe’s agriculture sector is negatively affected by a huge deficit of critical farm implements including tractors and combine harvesters and concerted efforts are required to revive the agricultural sector.
While concerted efforts are being made by government to revive the agriculture sector though such programmes as command agriculture, the agriculture mechanisation aspect is still lagging behind.
Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement, Cde Vangelis Peter Haritatos said the country needs to invest heavily in mechanising agriculture to achieve the desired productivity.
He was speaking during the launch of a tractors division by a local car dealership company.
Yields of small scale farmers have been negatively affected by the shortage of equipment hence the decision by Amtec Motors to supply tractors and agriculture related equipment to farmers.
Managing Director of the company Mr Lucas Taruvinga said they are determined to contribute in reviving the agriculture sector.
Wheat farmers have been affected by the shortage of combine harvesters thereby impacting negatively on the output.
Agriculture contributes at least 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product and it also provides employment to millions of Zimbabweans.
The sector was also a conveyor belt of raw materials to the country’s industry and will be key in growing the country’s economy to be a middle income by 2030.