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Suffering farmers stop in their trac-tors

Suffering farmers stop in their trac-tors
NOT HAPPY: Nyatshane

Tractor owners demand better pay from Govt

Local subsistence farmers may have to pay through their noses this ploughing season if there's no intervention coming from the Ministry of Agriculture and Department of Crop Production.

Under the Integrated Support Programme for Arable Agriculture Development (ISPAAD), farmers received free seeds for four hectares at government's cost. As part of the scheme, private tractor owners plough for farmers within a 20km radius at a charge of P1, 160 per hectare.

It is this amount, which has remained the same since 2013, that has set tractor owners...

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