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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.



The More Food for Africa Programme was created by the Brazilian Government to support projects of agrarian development and increase production and productivity on family farms in African countries. This critical role played by Brazilian Government in capacity building of our agricultural sector is highly commended.  The More Food for Africa Programme was launched at the onset of the 2015 winter cropping season which is a positive development and a big boost for our farmers.

The Programme will contribute to the attainment of ZIMASSET targets of increasing functional area under irrigation from 150 000 to 220 000 hectares by 2018. The Programme brings an opportunity of increasing farm machinery and area under irrigation in the Country.

These technological developments are key to increase agricultural production and productivity. However, new technologies always come with a cost of adoption for example capacity development of extension staff. The Ministry has highly trained personnel who shall be advising our farmers on best practices to handle the machinery and equipment.