White farmers to get offer letters

via White farmers to get offer letters | The Herald July 13, 2015

At least six white commercial farmers have been recommended by the Masvingo provincial leadership to get offer letters under the model A2 scheme across the province after their operations were considered to be of strategic economic importance.

Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Senator Shuvai Mahofa, who chairs the provincial lands committee, has since signed a schedule with names of the six white farmers to be issued with offer letters.

The offer letters will be signed by the Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement, Dr Douglas Mombeshora, who on Friday revealed that Government had no land policy that discriminated against whites.

While the full list of the six white farmers could not be obtained, sources said the prospective beneficiaries were involved in poultry, dairy farming and “pedigree” bulls production.

Top on the list of the recommended white farmers is Mrs Helen Mitchell of Barquest Farm, about 20km southeast of Masvingo, who specialises in the production of day-old chicks.

Mrs Mitchell, who produces about 100 000 day-old chicks per week, has been involved in a tug-of-war for control of Barquest Farm with Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi.

Also on the list of prospective beneficiaries is Mr John Boland of Masvingo district who is a “pedigree” bulls producer together with a dairy farmer, Mrs Yvonne Goddard, who also hails from the same district. Another dairy farmer, Mr Johannes Nel of Gutu, is also set to get an offer letter.

Names of two other white farmers could not be established, but they were said to be into dairy farming and hybrid bull production in Mwenezi and Chiredzi districts.

Dr Mombeshora said there were many white farmers who have been issued with offer letters since the inception of the land reform programme.

“We do not discriminate when issuing offer letters or permits. We do not have a separate policy for white people when it comes to land distribution and there are plenty of whites that have received offer letters in this country,’’ he said.

“In fact, we have asked provinces to give us the names of white farmers they want to remain on farms so that we can give them security of tenure documents to enable them to plan their operations properly,’’ he added.

Dr Mombeshora said the situation of white farmers was different from that of foreigners who were supposed to comply with the country’s indigenisation and empowerment laws first before they could get operating leases.

Senator Mahofa confirmed that they had recommended some white farmers in Masvingo province to get offer letters.

“We have already signed and forwarded a schedule with a list of white farmers to the Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement after we considered their contribution to the province’s economy,’’ she said.

She disclosed that Mrs Mitchell was one of the prospective beneficiaries.

“Mrs Mitchell’s case was dealt with a long time ago and she is on the list of white farmers that we recommended,’’ she added.

If Mrs Mitchell gets an offer letter for Barquest Farm, it will bring closure to a long-running battle for the control of the farm located on the shores of Lake Mutirikwi. Minister Mzembi was in January this year also issued with an offer letter for 376 hectares at Barquest Farm that had been gazetted for acquisition under the land reform programme.

However, the Masvingo provincial lands committee recommended the withdrawal of Minister Mzembi’s offer letter after it later emerged that Mrs Mitchell’s state-of-the-art incubator for chicks’ production was housed on the gazetted part of the farm.

Dr Mombeshora visited the farm with members of the provincial lands committee a few months ago and said his ministry was going to make a decision on the fate of the farm.


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    “We do not have a separate policy for white people when it comes to land distribution …… ’’ the Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement said.

    ???????????????????????? chokwadi?

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    The Mind Boggles 7 years ago

    Offer letter or no offer letter does it make any difference??? Time and again the current authorities have shown a distinct lack of respect for paper!!! Paper is used for wiping your arse and rolling dagga to smoke as far as the current crop of leaders are concerned.

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    Doris 7 years ago

    So, we take the offer letter……get back on the land…..pump millions of bucks into the land to get it back to viable. Then, whoopee!…some bigwig pitches up with yet another armed gang, and takes the farm and kicks off the white farmer yet again. Come on, really? Do we honestly look that stupid?

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      Its not that straight forward Doris. These are people that are left and have survived because some communities realized they could not function without them. The only time justice will be done is when the crooks are all off what is now their PUBS IN THE BUSH. There is no farming going on on the land they stole.

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    Ah Doris – at last, you are beginning to understand!

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    Freedom 7 years ago

    That’s what you should have done to the rest of the country before you destroyed agricultural production in the first place you morons. Now it’s too late to try to look good to the white farmers. The country is already on a free fall

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    Gunga 7 years ago

    OMG We dont discriminate…….what a load of……..biggest liars around.other than having mombe in your name what do you know about farming????

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    GoodMove 7 years ago

    This would be the best move only if it is honoured in the end. It is a fact that these people have got the experience and resources for farming otherwise we wlll forever buy maize from Zambia.

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    Mai Xander 7 years ago

    @ owen and Doris
    Black /white , Shona/ Ndebele rich or poor
    been there. I my self am halve ndebele halve shona, and often get the :well its because she is a shona and the other way around
    We are all Zimbos and should respect each other

    @Jack the Rabbit
    Stolen Land hmmm?
    its along storry 😉 we should let rest

    @ Freedom Freefall and falling hard!!

    @ The mind bogglers
    Hope things will get better in our lifetime
    Many Zimbos are angry, more than 3 mill. of them away from home.
    In a place they can never realy feel at home

    The real Zimbos will farm again, mind you it wasnt every Zimbo who chased the farmers away
    The farmers are honered by the people, but not praised.

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    Trebor Ebagum 7 years ago

    A “beneficiary” to your own farm? Is this a messed up nation or what?