Agriculture equipment suppliers are gearing up for the forthcoming summer cropping season and have started the process of servicing and inspecting machinery in farming areas.
Agro dealers who supplied machinery under government’s mechanisation schemes and on individual basis are readying for the 2017/18 summer cropping season by servicing implements.
The ZBC News caught up with suppliers who participated in the Brazil More Food for Africa Programme first phase, preparing implements at Kildonan Irrigation Scheme in Seke district.
Brazim Agripower director Austin Chinyangare said a lot of machinery requires back up service as some parts are now worn out.
“We have started revisiting all the irrigation schemes which benefited from the first phase of the Brazil More Food for Africa Programme. We have quite a number of equipment vence tudo planter under our umbrella, we have started visit to ensure the equipment is put in correct order, we are now beginning to service try and repair worn out spare parts in order to get all these machine ready for next summer crop. We are actually discovering that a lot of machinery on the ground requires back up service, it very important for each and every dealer to revisit all these schemes,” said Chinyangare.
A farm mechanisation expert Mr Prosper Muchenje said some farmers are in need of retraining on the proper use of the machinery.
The Kildonan beneficiaries of the Brazil More Food for Africa Programme have noted a significant improvement in production efficiency and yields.
Preparations across the agriculture sector have kicked off early this year, in a shift from past seasons with financiers having mobilised funds for the command farming programme while inputs suppliers have stockpiled seed and fertilisers.