Government efforts to increase agricultural production got a major boost following the signing of a deal to supply 1 300 tractors between the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement and global tractor manufacturer John Deere.

The declining levels in agricultural production have seen government under the new dispensation prioritising the revival of the agricultural sector to its yesteryear glories.

Out of an estimated national tractor requirement of 40 000, Zimbabwe currently has just a quarter of that figure, hence the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri oversaw the signing of a tractor deal with John Deere in the capital this Thursday (today).

“Government has always been determined to grow the country’s economy through agriculture, hence we need to increase the mechanisation aspect,” Minister Shiri said.

John Deere Sub Saharan Africa representative Van Der Westhuizen Antois, said his organisation is committed to partnering with the government of Zimbabwe.

“We as John Deere are so much excited to partner with government in its quest to develop Zimbabwe’s economy hence the coming in of this deal,” he said.

The $50 million deal which will see John Deere supplying 1 300 tractors to local farmers is a short in the arm for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s drive to attract global capital which has seen multi-national companies returning to invest in the country after years of international isolation.