Government to impose farm rent

HARARE - Ressetled farmers will soon pay rentals on their properties in a move government hopes will spur them to fully utilise their land, a Cabinet minister has said.

Lands and Rural Settlement minister Douglas Mombeshora told the Daily News in a telephone interview yesterday that he was working closely with Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo over the farm charges.

“It is work in progress, we are working on the figures,” Mombeshora said.

“Once we have the figures, we will tell you. But just today we had a meeting with the Local Government (ministry) officials over the matter. So any time soon, we will invite you over to reveal the figures.

“We are not proposing any levies but we are proposing rentals. If you don’t want to pay the rent, you simply leave the farm.”

There is an estimated 300 000 resettled farmers on land seized from former white farmers under government’s agrarian revolution, according to official figures.

Meanwhile, a land audit has been stymied by a shortage of funds, an angry reaction from President Robert Mugabe’s allies and more attacks on white farmers.

The audit is expected to reveal multiple farm owners, 14 years after Mugabe’s government embarked on its programme to hand over mainly white-owned land to black people.

But the scheme has been widely blamed for destroying Zimbabwe’s agriculture-based economy and turning the country into a net importer of food.

Mombeshora said he was looking for money to carry out the land audit.

“We are still looking for the money to carry out the land audit and once we get it we will embark on the exercise,” he said.

Turning to the new land permits that will be issued to resettled farmers, Mombeshora said his ministry was training district land officers who are going to distribute the permits.

After that, the land district officers will visit the farms and if everything is above board, a land permit will be issued out.

Comments (8)

The idea of a farm rent an excellent one. If Now people will know that you have to produce to be able to pay the rent. Farms are for farming not merely for show or prestige .Fourteen years is a long time with no meaningful production coming from the farms.Another good result is that people will think twice before rushing to become multiple farm owners. Good thinking and well done minister Mombeshora and lets hope the rentals will apply to all farms regardless of owner.

Johno - 21 August 2014

As much as farm rent is a good thing especially for those who like freebies, the problem is the biggest beneficiaries (the multi-farm types) will not pay a cent. As always one rule for povo and a different rule for the politicians and their surrogates.

Galore 123 - 21 August 2014

perfect and well said Galore 123, the previous farmers always payed farm tax its nothing new but the populist regime abolished hat when they took over. ideally that tax must be channeled to the resuscitation of the land bank where farmers can re borrow loans at reasonable rates. But it is important that the government give people title deeds so that they can use their land as borrowing power. They are a plethora of recipes that can be implemented to turnaround this dead sector. Let them get back to the realms of reality first . we are in need new minds

soda - 21 August 2014

You can only charge rentals to farmers who are making use of their farms not vagrants who have being put on farms for political gains . It is one of those dreams we have been hearing since 1980 nothing is going to happen never in 1000 times

Diibulaanyika - 21 August 2014

a good idea to force production by instituting rentals but in a government known for misappropriation of funds, where are these "RENTALS" going to go??

kaycee - 22 August 2014

i want farm rent,from 5 to 20acr,new jersey south or p.amiddle and south area,culture is vegetable (oriental ,)

myung lee - 1 April 2015

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