Zimbabwe in land policy U-turn

via Zimbabwe in land policy U-turn January 5, 2015

The Zimbabwean government has made a major climb down and now allows farming joint ventures between new black farmers and former white commercial farmers.
It now also allows contract farming.

The move has been welcomed by many farmers who said this was long overdue.

Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement Douglas Mombeshora said farmers were now free to choose who they wanted to engage in joint ventures and contract farming.

“Joint ventures can be black to black, black to white, black to yellow or red . . . as long people agree on terms of the contract, but we need to see the contract before it is signed because we want to protect both parties and we encourage fair play not manipulation of one party by the other,” said Mombeshora
Mombeshora said some people came to government complaining that they had been chased by resettled farmers after pouring resources on the farms.

Asked if this was a major U-turn on government policy on land, Mombeshora claimed government always allowed this to happen.

“It is not true to say that government ever disapproved contract farming and joint ventures . . . what government didn’t approve of [and doesn’t allow] even now is sub-leasing of land,” said Mombeshora

But speaking at the installation of Chiefs Alfred Tome Beperere and Johannes Kanyoka Chidziva of Zvimba at Murombedzi growth point last year President Robert Mugabe took a swipe at politicians harbouring whites.

“Don’t enter contract farming with whites; it’s dangerous, dangerous arrangement that we don’t want,” said Mugabe then.

At Chipfundi in Mhangura last year Mugabe again accused his lieutenants of “supping with whites” and promised to deal decisively with them.

“Some of my ministers are being mentioned here. They are refusing to remove white farmers from their constituencies,” said Mugabe.

Mugabe seems to have lost the plot as most Zanu PF bigwigs were denouncing contract farming and joint ventures publicly while secretly engaging former white commercial farmers as their partners.

A Mhangura farmer who requested anonymity for fear of victimisation confirmed that contract farming and joint ventures between whites and most top politicians was prevalent.

“They were already engaging white partners yet refusing us permission to go into partnership with whites,” said the A2 farmer.

“The big politicians are hypocrites; they now want to officially accept contract farming and joint ventures because they can no longer hide it . . . but they have been partnering white farmers for a very long time yet they would deny it to the President.”


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    Expat 6 years ago

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    Doris 6 years ago

    Pulleeaase………white farmer sinks capital and expertise in a farm that belonged to his mate….gets brilliant returns….black partner goes “yippee” bucks for me! Farm then feta viable. Bigwig comes along and says “heehaa!”, I’ll have that. White and black partners get kicked off violently. And so it starts all over again. Mate then refuses to have any more to do with him. Whie farmer is the loser. Again.

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    Ndomboshora 6 years ago

    “But first we approve the agreement” we ll create a register of such and such while n yellow many partnering with blacks, bcoz we ll need money for 2018 campaign which has a potential to booooooot ZPF out of government and power