GOVERNMENT has committed to de-racialising of agriculture in the country by embracing displaced former white commercial farmers and issuing those with land 99 year leases as opposed to the “discriminatory” five year leases.
In its Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP) presented by Finance and economic development minister Mthuli Ncube yesterday and set to run from October 2018- December 2020 government urged the displaced white commercial farmers to form joint partnerships with resettled farmers.
Under the administration of former President Robert Mugabe resettled farmers were barred from partnering displaced white commercial farmers.
“The new dispensation targets to restore Zimbabwe as the food basket of the region by transforming the agricultural sector, which has been undermined by declines in productivity, arising from declining investment, and lack of know how among others.
To redress this, the Transitional Stabilization Programme targets embracing former displaced farmers to form joint venture partnerships with beneficiary A1 and A2 farmers.
The new dispensation has de-racialised land ownership, and recognizes all Zimbabwean farmers, regardless of color, creed or origin, and all farmers have rights to claim 99 year leases
Those previously subjected to issuance of discriminatory five year renewable leases on account of color and race are now entitled to and are being issued 99 year leases, and assured that the issue of new land invasions is a thing of the past, as the rule of law now applies”.
Government encouraged the former displaced farmers to come and assist in increasing productivity on the land.
Further the government said it had constituted a working group comprising government officials and representatives of former farm owners, is working towards providing a consensus based compensation framework for evaluating obligations to such farmers.
Government said owing to budgetary constraints it cannot meet its obligations to the former farmers therefore it will be engaging bilateral partners over assistance to mobilize the requisite resources in order to finalize the compensation process.