99-year lease unattractive to former farmers

COMMERCIAL Farmers Union of Zimbabwe (CFU) has said that the country’s new 99-year lease document is voluminous about three times the length of Zambia’s equivalent, making it difficult to attract interest from former commercial farmers, who fled Zimbabwe during the fast track land reform.
CFU director Purcell Gilpin yesterday told delegates at the national consultative dialogue workshop that the new 99-year lease document will not enjoy a wholesale take up, but endure continued debate thereby foiling government’s thrust to entice the farmers who fled to Zambia.

BY FIDELITY MHLANGA

“In this context, it is worth noting that around 450 former Zimbabwean farmers moved to Zambia since 2000, and with the provisions of that lease — which is market driven and transferable they have contributed significantly to agricultural sector growth and development,” he said.

With the influx of former Zimbabwean farmers to Zambia the country’s agricultural sector experienced a boom such that during the El Nino-induced drought in 2016, Zimbabwe imported most of its grain from that country.

Gilpin said efforts to encourage the commercial farmers to return to Zimbabwe would not happen “if the rights enjoyed by farmers here are not at least equivalent to those in Zambia or elsewhere”.

He said the current administration should concentrate, not on allocating land but on providing secure, tradable, enforceable land rights that encourage genuine skilled farmers to work for economic growth.

Delivering the 2018 monetary policy statement earlier this month, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya said banks would now accept 99-year leases as security.

Agriculture contributes 15% to 18% of the gross domestic product down from an average contribution of between 20% and 30% before 2010.

Real Estate Institute of Zimbabwe vice president Alexander Millin said real estate practitioner should play a more active role in crafting of and administration of an agreed land tenure and land policy framework.

Loading...

5 Comments

  1. That a 99 year lease is voluminous what has that to do with strength of the ownership issue. The white guys are now becoming cry babies.

  2. The majority of Zambian grain/maize is grown by small scale farmers ever since Levy Mwanamasa invested heavily in the small scale sector. People keep on making this muddle. Zimbabwe does not buy maize from its former farmers now in Zambia.

  3. Former commercial farmers????you mean those british who were colonialists before the struggle for independence???just look and last year’s command agriculture and you can see that on the agriculture sector we dnt need those lice.

  4. we don’t need them .

  5. ATTENTION.My name is stinah i was married for five years without any child, because of this, my husband started acting very strange at home, coming home lately and not spending time with me anymore. and because of this, my husband divorced me. So i became very sad and lost hope in life because my doctor told me there was no way for me to get pregnant this really made life so hard for me and my family.my friend told me about mama Janet from the Internet, how they have helped people with this similar problem that i was going through so i contacted them and explained them.she cast a reunite spell to bring back my husband and it was a miracle three days later my husband came back to me and apologized for all he has done and told me he is fully ready to support me in any thing i want,a few months later i got pregnant and gave birth to twins (boys) we are happy with ourselves. Thanks, mama for saving my relationship and for also saving others too. continue your good work, If you are interested to contact her and testify this blessing like me, the great spell caster You can Contact her now for your relationship or marriage problems or whatsap her +27810149190

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.