Finance minister stops Agric freebies

HARARE - Finance minister Mthuli Ncube has said resettled farmers will no longer get farm implements from government for free.

This comes after the dramatic failure of the Farm Mechanisation Scheme implemented by the government in 2007 targeted at the country’s newly-resettled farmers who were then helped with farm implements on a rent-to-buy basis.

The programme was riddled with corruption and the more than US$200 million pumped into the four-phase programme, did not produce any results.

A significant number of the senior political elites gave themselves irrigation equipment, brand new tractors, combine harvesters and other farming implements.

The loans were not returned and the MPs voted that they be written off.

Ncube said in his Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP) that government does not wish to continue supporting farmers, saying there is now need for farmers to graduate from practices where the greater part of their requirements is provided for by the State.

“Movement towards a market-based supply and demand driven approach would be more efficient and sustainable, and also reducing the greater burden of reliance on the fiscus,” he said.

Comments (5)

A welcome move indeed, dont stop there proceed to the so-called Command Agriculture it is another scandal. Also take a close look at the Presidential Inputs Scheme no need to call it Presidential if he is not using his own resources but funded by tax-payers. The farmers must be given title deeds and must approach a bank of their choice for funding. Government must give them targets to meet.

Sinyo - 17 October 2018

No bank will fund all those farmers without government backed or guaranteed finance , common sense , no ? . Saka US$500Mn inofanira kuyiswa mumabhengi yevarimi vadiki. Title deeds are OK....we need to do the next step first , which will open 25000 work opportunities in the farming sector.

Earl of Karoi - 17 October 2018

Very good Minister. All those activities were havens of corruption. Stop them all to bring sanity to our economy.

Moshe - 17 October 2018

All those who received implements under the mechanisation programme must pay for them. the irony is that hard working farmers who never got these things are hiring tillage et al services from these who were given. this cant be condoned by anybody. Munhu wese ngaabhadharire zvaakaphuhwa.

magwendere - 18 October 2018

Title deeds should not be given to anyone just like that but to people who are producing. Those who are not land should be taken away. just imagine we are now importing wheat when we have people with farms.

Munya - 18 October 2018

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