Farmers should take farming seriously

EDITOR — For over a decade now Zimbabwe has managed to transfer land ownership from the few white commercial farmers who were just about 4 500 to the indigenous black farmers now numbering over 300 000.

Zimbabweans for nearly a century were denied, by their colonial masters, opportunities to show their skills in farming enterprises as they had no land to do so. Most Zimbabweans were domiciled in infertile lands which was not suitable for farming but they had no choice as it was the land in which they were driven to. 

The colonial era saw a lot of indigenous people driven out from arable land by the white colonial masters to semi-arid and infertile areas which were not good for agriculture hence making farming a preserve for the whites only. Some few black people who wanted to try farming found the going hard as banks were also reluctant to give loans to indigenous people who had no collateral means,  as compared to some white commercial farmers who could easily secure loans.

For that reason, the land reform programme that was initiated by government more than a decade ago came as a blessing to the indigenous farmers who received that initiative with open hands.
As such the new farmers should now show the world that it was not a drama for the government to allocate them land but such a move was long overdue. 

Farmers should take farming as a business venture which can be used to sustain livelihoods of most families in the country to show the world that they have been empowered by their own government.

    Comments (3)

    You filthy liar. 300000 squatters on 4500 farmer's land. That's 67 thieves per farm. Nonsense. How about reporting that 70% of farmers bought their farms from Mugabe's government? They must be paid for their land. How about the 1999 referendum when Zimbabwe voted AGAINST land thefts? How about remembering that the farm thefts were done to remove MDC from rural areas? 7 million jobs lost and $150 billion of economic growth lost. 4 million Zimbabweans in exile. Wake up.

    Nick V - 2 March 2019

    But then, you are omitting the period - 1980 to 1997 in which 590 natives bought commercial farms. You always look at one side of the commercial farming community. Added to that are purchase areas that natives were given buying rights in the 40s , sizakhangela ama land registers ewesikhathi sakhona till the late 90s . I think farming comes natural , you can farm anywhere if you are good at the game , including in the desert. Those reserves were the highest form of cruelty .,,,smith was not apologetic at all , truly scottish. European farmers should have been placed there instead...and continued to farm to prove if they were indeed good at it.

    Ukulima lomhlabathi. - 6 March 2019

    Kufuna imali baba...nxa ingekho kunzima. Imali efunakalayo yi us$700Mn kangitsho ama sibhonda e command...ngitsho idola sibili eye private investment. Kasimelanga sibambele amakhiwa kumele sibhadale imali yokuthi bapuma , kasithengi mhlabathi...enough for a comfortable retirement. Nxa umuntu engakwanisi ukusebenzisa umhlabathi akula nkinga uya rentisa kulenkampani ezifuna umhlabathi 200K+ hectares annually. Amakhiwa lawa hayengalimi ndawo zonke...amanye amaplazi babewahlalele. Kumele litshiye ezinye indawo zingela muntu , kuzalinceda kusasa.

    Matopo House - 6 March 2019

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