Evaluation of seized farms starts, CFU

Evaluation of seized farms starts, CFU – NewZimbabwe 18/03/2016

GOVERNMENT began evaluating farms to determine whether their previous owners should be compensated after they were seized by the state, the Commercial Farmers Union said.

“We have been in touch with government officials and we welcome government attempts to address the issue of compensation,” the union’s deputy director, Marc Carrie-Wilson, said on Friday. “Government has started to evaluate the farms.”

Lands Minister, Douglas Mombeshora, said on March 14 that the government was considering ways to rectify the treatment of foreign farmers who were evicted from their land after ignoring international treaties on foreign investment during the seizure campaign.

Zimbabwe began taking over commercial farms in 2000, evicting about 3,500 mainly white farmers, of which some were foreign. About 300 remain in Zimbabwe, according to the union, which represents large-scale agriculture.

“We can’t discuss the amount of money until the evaluation is complete, but we have a database that details all farms in the country, including those farms evacuated by their previous owners,” Carrie-Wilson said.

COMMENTS

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    Joe Cool 6 years ago

    What about the land Mr Carrie-Wilson? Are you conceding that? You can’t accept compensation (if it ever comes) for the improvements and then one day argue about the theft of the land.

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    Reverend 6 years ago

    Excuse me CFU please can you tell me what this government knows about evaluation of farm land? Is it being valued under Zimbabwean law or international law. And once a figure is produced by this corrupt government are we forced to accept it. Are they going to evaluate land, improvements, loss of profits and all other losses by farmers? It would be most decent of you to reveal all this and also where is the $40-50Billion going to come from? This government is stone broke and what international organizations have you been dialoguing with?

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      Doris 6 years ago

      100% to both of the above. I understand that the CFU (and others) are doing the best they can for us farmers. The World Bank, IMF and others have the means to put the screws on this bunch of thieves. Dear God, let some sort of resolution come soon. We, the pensioners, who have lost everything, are getting desperate.

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    its a step in the right direction.
    but one must never ever ever ever trust mugabe’s government.

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    And what about the murders???

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      Joe Cool 6 years ago

      The murders were carried out for free – compliments of Mr Mugabe. No compensation or reward required.