Victor Maphosa Mashonaland East Office
The government will have 3,000 tractors this year which are expected to arrive in the country by the end of July as the Second Republic kicks into high gear in transforming the agricultural sector, which is essential for economic development.
Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries and Rural Development, Anxious Masuka, said last week after concluding his tour in the eastern province of Mashonaland, where he engaged farmers and assessed the progress of the Pfumvudza/Intwasa program.
He said the tractors currently available in the country were not enough to meet the needs of every farmer.
“Of the 600 tractors we have, we have donated a certain amount to the District Development Fund (DDF) and another lot to AFC.
“These are two government departments, which are there to help farmers. But these tractors are not enough.
“We expect to receive from today to the end of July this year, a batch of 3,000 tractors. These are enough for the farmers to be helped in their agricultural activities,” he said.
Farmers across the province have denounced the scarcity of ammonium nitrate (AN) fertilizers, a concern they raised with the minister.
Chief Svosve, who joined Minister Masuka and his delegation in Wedza, called on the government to quickly provide AN fertilizer to communal farmers in its area of jurisdiction.
“First of all, I would like to thank you, Minister Masuka, for visiting us and seeing for yourself what the farmers are doing. I have never seen a minister of agriculture visiting farmers in communal areas like this.
“My appeal to you, Minister Masuka, is that we have fertilizers. Our soil is depleted because we have been cultivating it for many years and now the soil needs these fertilizers.
Mr. Enias Nyagondo, a communal farmer from Wedza who is also part of the Pfumvudza scheme, called on the government to use AN fertilizer, saying that their factories are now at the stage where they need the necessary fertilizers.
He thanked the government for the Pfumvudza scheme, saying that after implementing it last season, he managed to have a surplus in his crop and delivered maize to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB).
Minister Masuka promised farmers that AN fertilizer would be delivered to farmers from this week.
“In two weeks, AN will be available in GMB repositories. Most of it is already in the country and we hope that in two weeks everything will be available. »