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Irrigation Schemes to Boost Agriculture in Zimbabwe

The Brazil More Food for Africa Programme has the potential to boost agricultural production and ensure the country regains its status as the breadbasket of Africa, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development said recently.

Zimbabwe received agricultural equipment worth $38,6 million from Brazil under the More Food for Africa Programme as Government accelerated efforts to achieve targets set under the Zim-Asset Food Security and Nutrition Cluster.

The equipment, which includes tractors, fertiliser spreaders and irrigation kits, was the first of three tranches coming under a $98 million loan facility secured from Brazil under the South American country's More Food For Africa Programme.

Beneficiaries under Phase One are schemes for smallholder farmers who benefited from the land reform programme.

Ollivier Girard/CIFOR

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