GOVERNMENT has since the adoption of the multi-currency regime in 2009 paid $65m to 95 farmers who lost their land under the country’s fast track land reform exercise.
Addressing the parliamentary committee on Agriculture chaired by Mayor Wadyajena (Gokwe-Nembudziya), director in the ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Resettlement, Climate and Water Marius Dzinoreva said this year government had paid $1.5m to 25 farmers.
The ministry made a bid for $40m to be used to compensate former farmers in 2019 but treasury only acceded to $20m.
Experts say the government is likely to compensate the former farmers to the tune of $9 billion but Dzinoreva says the final figure will be known once government completes its valuation exercise.
However, in its Transitional Stability Programme (TSP) government acknowledges it will not be able to meet compensation to all farmers and will require support from bilateral partners to meet the bill.
Dzinoreva said the ministry was in the process making valuations on the acquired farms in order to ascertain the total amount required to compensate the former predominantly white farmers.
“Records show that since multi currency 95 farmers were compensated to the tune of $65m and this year 25 farmers received compensation of about $1.4m.
The figures we pay are based on valuations and valuers have gone throughout the country with the exception of Mash East which will be completed by year end.
We have a list of all farmers we have to compensate we acquired about 6 000 farms and we have done 4 000 farms and by December we shall have done all and then we shall know the amount we have to compensate. Also once we are done we shall have to negotiate with the farmers on our valuations”.
Dzinoreva said government had collected $2m this year from resettled farmers this year and the amount will be channeled towards compensation.
He said government will only compensate for improvements on the acquired farms however, those acquired under BIPPAs compensation will be both for land and improvements.