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$150m equipment boost for command agric



Government has secured $150 million from the PTA bank to purchase highly-mechanised farming equipment for the Command Agriculture programme and dam construction, as efforts to ensure the nation’s food security gather momentum.The equipment is expected in the country between December this year and January next year.This comes at a time when the Government-initiated command agriculture programme yesterday received a major boost from several private companies that committed to work towards its success.

The Grain Millers’ Association and its stakeholders also came on board and promised to buy out at least 800 000 tonnes of the 2 million tonnes of maize expected to be produced under the command agriculture programme this farming season.s

Some of the companies that committed to work with Government on this scheme are Southern Region Trading Company, National Foods and PHI Commodities, among others.