Cabinet okays new land rentals for farmers

via Cabinet okays new land rentals for farmers | The Herald May 9, 2015 by George Maponga

Commercial and communal land reform farm beneficiaries will — from this year — start paying rentals, with the funds being channelled towards compensating white former farmers who gave way to them.

Conservancies have also not been spared.

The rentals will be in addition to the $1 land tax per hectare the new farmers are already paying to rural district councils.

Addressing the Masvingo provincial lands committee on Thursday, Lands and Rural Resettlement Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora said A2 farmers, who are commercial, will part with $3 land rental per hectare per annum and $2 unit tax per hectare annually.

“Cabinet last week approved payment of a land rental by all the beneficiaries of the land reform programme and the Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement will not only collect the land rental from A1 and A2 farmers, but the ministry will also be responsible for collecting unit tax.’’

Dr Mombeshora said A1 communal farmers will pay $10 land rental per year and another $5 unit tax over the same period.

Apart from compensation for white former farmers, the rental will help Government raise cash for periodic land audits.

“Collection of the land rental will start this year, definitely, and we are currently busy working on the mechanisms of how the money will be collected.”

The Ministry of Lands, said Dr Mombeshora, will collect the money and hand it over to Treasury which will then transfer the funds to the relevant ministries.

The $1 per hectare unit tax which the farmers were paying to rural district councils will now be collected by the Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement.

Dr Mombeshora said there was no clear method of enforcing the collection of such tax and as a result most local authorities were owed hundreds of thousands of dollars by farmers.

Some of the cases have already spilled into the courts as councils try to recover the money.

Dr Mombeshora said payment of the land rentals was first approved by the Zanu-PF Politburo before it received thumbs up from Cabinet.

He warned those who would renege on payment that they risked losing their farms.

COMMENTS

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    Doris 7 years ago

    I’ll be dead and buried by the time that money comes my way. Mt great grandchildren will be the beneficiaries.

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    Bambazonke 7 years ago

    All this is the Zim government blowing smoke up the a…. Of the EU cause there is a carrot been dangled , seeing is believing , and would the new UK prime minister like to help ,,,, think not.

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    Mina Makoti 7 years ago

    Zano sureni kuinde mbuya. Why consider compensating white farmers now? What compensation will dead farmers get? Taxing land Beneficiaries now— what happened to funds released by British government decades ago? Munatinyarawo!

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    Mukanya 7 years ago

    Is this enough for massive looting that some of us are accustomed to.

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    And when has the Herald had anything to say????????

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    Kkkkkk. The big sharks in Harare can not run out of cash while smaller fish @ District level are getting fat. Yaa, when hunger strikes the small fish must starve first while the big ones feed. Its Mugabe-zanu pf strategy. “A looter” continua! Let those who liberate us steal from us. Yes, its a prize we have to pay for being liberated whilst we folded our hands & did nothing during the war for liberation. Yes, that we are reminded everyday – we did not fight, they did; yes we did nothing, they did everything. So, we are told & it has become true anyway. A lie told again & again transforms into truth, especially in Zimbabwe-Mugabe-Gushungoland: Dr Amai & “Drs” Baba’s country. Yes, I believe Life President Gushungo…. deserve to be called “Drs” since he is the most educated person in the world – with highest number of Titles & highest number of doctorate degrees in the world. Kkkkkkkkkkkk.