Govt warms up to white farmers

via Govt warms up to white farmers – NewsDay Zimbabwe October 29, 2015

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s government has offered an olive branch to the remaining beleaguered white commercial farmers, calling for collective effort to resuscitate the ailing agricultural sector, following years of acrimony.
Thousands of white farmers were forced off their land under the land reform programme.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

In his keynote address to the Commercial Farmers’ Union (CFU) congress in Harare yesterday, read by Clifford Sibanda, the Minister of State in the Office of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the VP said the government was committed to supporting the agricultural sector to ensure full recovery.

Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe had gone beyond the land redistribution exercise as a strategy to realise the full potential of the agriculture of the country.

“To that end, the agricultural focus of ZimAsset, which was given impetus by the 10-Point Plan, is to develop sustainable agricultural production, productivity, access to markets and competitiveness through multi-stakeholder, multi-sector, multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional development. Collectively, therefore, we hold the future of Zimbabwe’s agriculture in our hands,” he said.

Mnangagwa said the government was aware that farmers were operating under very difficult socio-economic conditions.
“But I would like to encourage union leadership to strive to find lasting solutions to the challenges faced by farmers. It is through representative bodies like the CFU and your other farmers’ union colleagues that these challenges will be addressed.

“As government, we will continue supporting the improvement of the viability of the agricultural industry and look forward to receiving your recommendations on how government can assist in solving some of our farmers’ challenges,” he said.

There has been continued disruption of agricultural activities and invasion of remaining farms 15 years after the programme of land redistribution started. Farmers complained that government officials had skirted the issue of security on farms as well as the lawlessness.

CFU director, Hendrick Olivier said his organisation was working hard to establish a good working relationship with government.

“We are working hard and the fact that we have government officials attending our congress after a long time shows that our efforts are bearing fruit. We need to keep this door open and continue to work towards a sustainable solution to all our problems,” he said.

It is the first time in over a decade that senior government officials has graced a CFU gathering, an indication of the thawing of relations between the two.

Mnangagwa also took the chance to respond to media reports that officials from his office and his political hangers-on have been abusing his name to solicit for bribes from vulnerable farmers is afraid to lose their land.

“May I at this stage unreservedly condemn those who ask for bribes in the discharge of their public duties and in equal measure those who pay such bribes,” he said.

“We must shun all forms of corruption and galvanise ourselves to realise the potential we have as a nation, which potential we must develop through increasing agricultural production.”

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor, John Mangudya said the government was working on a programme to valuate all improvements on expropriated land with a view to finding a proper methodology to compensate farmers.

COMMENTS

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    its true!
    even mugabe has employed a murungu to run gushungo dairy!

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    Zvakwana 7 years ago

    His lips were moving.

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    Grabmore 7 years ago

    Instead of this wishy washy appeal ….Would it not be better to just continue importing maize from Zambia and Mozambique where the zim white farmers have now settled ?

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    Zambuko 7 years ago

    This vindicates the view that HERGM’s Land Reform Program was not racist at all but reformist. Not only that, if compared to similar revolutionary programs it was not particularly bloody either. This was no Terror, Purge, Cambodian Genocide or Great Leap Forward. You have to take step one before you can take step two and now clearly Zimbabwe is in a position to take step three, under the wise leadership of HERGM, as usual.

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      R Judd 7 years ago

      that’s funny. Ha ha ha

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      Jackson 7 years ago

      Zambuko,flies follow and enjoy feeding on excretion and decaying carcasses. That’s what you’re like to mugabe. You being the fly and being the stinking smell excrement or carcass.

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        Zambuko 7 years ago

        Revolutionary greeting comrade. A fly has got to do what a fly evolved to do. To think HERGM is both a decaying cadaver and excrement is very imaginative. Please, more of the same.

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          Jackson 7 years ago

          Thanks for confirming you are indeed a fly and that a fly has got to do what it’s evolved to do, which of course is to follow stinks and feed on excrement and carcasses. The stink of poverty which the majority of Zimbabweans are experiencing is due to mugabe and bootlickers like you who hero-worship him. Seen the carcass mugabe failing to walk up a small stepped podium in India hahahaha I feel sorry for flies

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      Jackson 7 years ago

      And no amount of perfuming will kill the stinking smell that is mugabe.

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      Zambezi 7 years ago

      You are too hilarious!!!!! Maybe you should apply for a position n the Trevor Noah show……

      BWAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAHAAHAAHAHAAHAH

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    C Frizell 7 years ago

    Ho Zambuk! Your comment is funny indeed. You’d better touch sides with your Master – because he declared it was purely racist. Is, was and always will be

    Surely, you cannot go against The Bhobho?

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      Zambuko 7 years ago

      Let me understand the argument . Because most of the commercial farmers who donated their land during the land reform programme were white the policy was racist. That is demographics. Because most people on Zimbabwe’ prisons are black that’s racist? That is demographics.

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        Jackson 7 years ago

        What argument are trying to understand? Flies don’t understand any argument at all, they just follow the stink

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    C Frizell 7 years ago

    PS

    Its good to have a Zanoid apologist on here. Provides a bit of humour and reminds us all of the total brainfade that membership causes. And why the country is now a Failed State

    Please don’t go – OK?

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    Marayini 7 years ago

    Its pathetic viewing a video of mugabe struggling up a small incline to the podium in India. You ask yourself why is this great-great grandfather punishing himself. The answer of course being the loads and loads of skeletons in his cupboard

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    Actually, flies and other insects, bactiria etc do a pretty good job in the circle of life, otherwise this planet would be full of dead animals(including humans) which do not decay.So it is not polite to abuse them as an insult to discribe someone you do not like.Oh by the way they do not care if you are black,white,mixed, or blue. So in a way more advanced than most human beings in that topic.

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    THIS WHOLE ARTICLE IS PIE IN THE SKY– WISHFUL THINKING// THERE IS NO OLIVE BRANCH THERE IS JUST BILE and HATE FROM AN OLD MAN WHO IS FULL OF IT //HE IS PREPARED TO SACRIFICE THE WHOLE COUNTRY FOR HIS FANCIFUL DREAMS // ALUTA CONTIUA // GO -GO NOW//

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    Mugarbage 7 years ago

    Words of a thief mean nothing.
    If it shakes hands with you, prepare for the next invasion.