Belarus delegation pays courtesy call on President Mnangagwa

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Zimbabwe is expected to receive 163 tractors and 19 combine harvesters from Belarus as Government moves a gear up in mechanising the agricultural sector to increase production.

A Belarus delegation on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the State House ahead of the handover ceremony tomorrow.

The head of delegation was the Hon Counsel of Belarus to Zimbabwe H.E Alex Zingman, who was accompanied by the Belarus Minister of Industry Hon. Piotr Parhomchik.

The delegation also comprised of Ambassador of Belarus to South Africa, Hon. Alexander Sidoruk.

Mnangagwa will be launching the Farm Mechanisation program tomorrow September 30 2020 together with the visiting Beralus delegation.

Agriculture minister Anxious Masuka said the visit by the Belarusian delegation will see 163 tractors and 19 combine harvesters being launched tomorrow with the bulk remainder of the equipment expected before the end of the year.

Masuka said this facility will go a long way in capacitating Zimbabwean farmers to produce.

The facility was hailed for incorporating an after sales service aspect, a move that will not only see skills transfer but will also see the life expectancy of the equipment being prolonged.

Zimbabwe has already begun negotiations with Belarus for the conclusion of another US$50 million facility.

The development comes as Zimbabwe is making calculated strides to ensure food security in line with vision 2030.

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