5 February (BelTA) – Zimbabwe expects the delivery of 4,000 vehicles of
Belarusian-made agricultural machinery, BelTA learned from The Sunday
Mail, a Harare-based newspaper.
The media notes that over the
past three years Zimbabwe has received from Belarus at least 2,000
high-tech tractors, 80 harvesters and other agricultural machinery
designed to modernize the agricultural sector and increase productivity.
next stage of agricultural mechanization in the country has started
this year and envisages the delivery of another 4,000 vehicles of
Belarusian-made machinery for soil preparation and cultivation, sowing
and application of chemicals, weeding and harvesting. According to
specialists from Zimbabwe, this will be a step towards modernizing local
Belarusian machinery is also available for
farmers. They get assistance from farmer-friendly banks to purchase
equipment on lease, and such bank programs provide for an initial
payment of 15% of the cost and further repayment of the balance within
an agreed period.
Zimbabwe currently has a fleet of almost
13,500 tractors and over 300 harvesters. Since 2019 alone, the number of
tractors in the industry has increased by 6,500 vehicles.
important step is Belarus’ establishment of a company in Harare to
service its equipment. Belarusian engineers train local engineers to
repair, maintain and operate the vehicles. This significantly increases
the demand for Belarusian machinery.
Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers
Union emphasizes that efficient mechanical tillage helps reduce
production losses and the time spent on the required operation.