Chimene blasts cellphone farmers

via Chimene blasts cellphone farmers – NewsDay Zimbabwe September 4, 2015

MANICALAND Provincial Affairs minister Mandiitawepi Chimene has lashed out at the newly-resettled farmers describing them as “cellphone farmers who have failed to produce enough food for Zimbabwe”.


Addressing guests at the Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union (ZFU) 75th national congress cocktail in Mutare on Wednesday, Chimene said the “cellphone farmers” had created shortages of maize-meal country-wide, forcing the country to extend a begging bowl to neighbouring countries.

“Cellphone farmers are worse because they are a threat to the nation and they can bring disaster among us,” Chimene said.

“It’s not everyone who got the farms and we cannot all be farmers, but those that got the farms are failing to utilise them. Those that got the farms were very lucky, but why are we failing to produce anything from those farms? We do not tolerate that.

“We have to fight pests and droughts and the requirements of inputs. If we fail to have adequate inputs required to do farming, then it is another war. Farming is a war and we need to feed so we need serious people.”

Earlier, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya had also said there was need to remove politics from farming.

“We should take farming as a real industry because farming forms the backbone of our economy,” Mangudya said.

ZFU executive director Paul Zachariah said there was need for total revival of the agricultural sector.

“If we are to talk of serious agriculture in this country, we still have a long way to go. The private sector and government should own up to their mandatory and complementary roles if we are talking of total revival of agriculture,” Zachariah said.

Government in 2000 launched the land reform programme which saw over 4 000 white commercial farmers losing their farms to the landless black farmers.


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    Doris 9 years ago

    Correction….for “black landless farmers” read “black squatters who have raped the farms they were given.”

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    Observer 9 years ago

    Talk is cheap, Mr Minister. Instead of asking questions, find solutions. The problem is that land was parcelled out on a political party basis so will the Party involved be able to de-politicise the issue? Unlikely. Whatever strategy is tried now, be quick, hungry people appear to be at the end of their tether.

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      Fallenz 9 years ago

      @Observer, you have zeroed in on much of the problem.

      “Those that got the farms were very lucky… “? No! they were politically connected. That’s all that was required. Those farms were handed out as political favors and payment, with no concern for legitimacy and the economic consequences for the nation. That was never a considered factor, due to the sick mentality and ineptness of the idgit gangsters who had taken control. Those of them in suit and tie, and the thugs swinging clubs against innocents in the farm invasions, and the disingenuous policia who stood by, and the crooked magistrates who allowed it, are one and the same… cut from the same cloth. God saw it all, and they can not hide from His justice.

      It wasn’t a “revolution” at all, it was a bank heist in disguise… and those who were politically connected pocketed the loot.

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    Jono Austin 9 years ago

    ‘…but what you have to understand is that now we will have 500000 farmers instead of 5000 farmers…’ quote from the moron Ibbo Mandaza back in 2000. Why is it that 5000 farmers=no food shortages and 500000 farmers=food shortages, Mandaza?