The tractor-hire service was created basically to provide mechanical power to Swazi farmers. It began as a pilot project aimed at demonstrating the benefits of mechanised farming and timely and deep tillage principles with regards to improving the infiltration of water from precipitation and good agricultural practices in increasing the yield of particularly maize. The Mechanization Section which coordinates the service provision was established under the Rural Development Areas Programme at four Pilot sites which are:- Ludzeludze (Central) RDA, Northern RDA (eNtfonjeni ), Mahlangatsha RDA and Southern RDA in Hlatikhulu. This project was meant to be managed by government for a few years after which it was to be taken over by farmers and run as a business for income generation and sustainability of the service.
• Demonstrate to farmers, particularly SNL farmers, the advantages of deep ploughing using tractor-drawn implements against the traditional ox-drawn implements
Project initiated with the aim of handing it over to a group of farmers or interested individuals or companies who are expected to continue providing the service to benefit the farming communities and as a business for purposes of income.
7. How much does it cost to obtain the service?
9. Where can I get more information?
Tel.: (268) 24042731-9
vi) Directorate of agriculture and Extension