The agriculture sector is in for a massive boost after the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) declared customs duty and Value Added Tax (VAT) free on importations of agriculture equipment.
Last year the government had targeted farmers to plant two million hectares of the maize crop under in its Pfumvudza/Intwasa agricultural input scheme.
In a statement, ZIMRA said tractors are among the top customs duty VAT free importations.
“Tractors are among the customs duty and Value Added Tax (VAT) free importations. This move was done in order to boost agriculture. Clearance of tractors is done on a Bill of Entry Form 21 through a Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) registered agent,” read the statement.
The list of other agriculture equipment to be imported duty and VAT free includes manure spreaders, fertilizer distributors, hay balers, combine harvesters, machine for sorting eggs, machines for preparing animal feeding stuffs and incubators for poultry.
President Emerson Mnangagwa launched the 2021/2022 Pfumvudza/Intwasa summer cropping season for maize, traditional grains and the Zunde raMambo as part of development programmes under the second republic. The scheme is a concept of increasing production with minimum resources as well putting emphasis on climate proofing.
The government introduced transformational measures in the agriculture sector anchored at achieving food security in the country and a return to self-sufficiency. They include among other things, the command agriculture, contract farming aimed at supporting local farmers.
Recently, the country was hit by tropical storm Ana which destroyed at least 105 homes, six school buildings and road infrastructure in various districts across Manicaland province.