Zim's CFU wants to help revive farming

2013-01-18 10:04

Harare - Zimbabwean white farmers dispossessed of their farms under President Robert Mugabe's land reform laws are seeking dialogue with government to help revive the country's ailing agricultural sector, their union said on Thursday.

"This solution must re-establish the basic fundamental foundations needed for rapid economic recovery and economic gain," said Charles Taffs, president of the predominantly white Commercial Farmers Union (CFU).

The union is also proposing that a bond underwritten by a top global financier be created to compensate former white farmers for properties seized.

The controversial land reform introduced by Mugabe in 2000 to reverse colonial imbalances brought Zimbabwe's agricultural sector to its knees.

Over 4 000 white farmers were forcibly removed from their land and their farms given to landless blacks, many of them with no formal farming skills.

Mugabe has said Zimbabwe will compensate farmers for improvements made on their farms but not pay for land, saying Britain, the country's former colonial ruler must do so.

Since the land reforms were introduced over a decade ago, Zimbabwe has gone from being a net food importer to being unable to feed its population, leaving people dependent on aid.

"We at the CFU firmly believe that this situation need not continue and that a solution to this crisis can be found," said Taffs.

Some dispossessed farmers are now plying their trade in neighbouring countries, and other groups have sought compensation through the regional Southern African Development Community (SADC) tribunal.

  • Joe - 2013-01-18 10:22

    They have been in Zim for more than a 100 years let them be and farm. Close to 20% of so called Shonas are from Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique. These people only came to Zim from the fifties and sixties and now are on the farms masquerading as Zimbos. I have a problem with the definiton of so called indigenous Zimbo, some surnames like Phiri, Banda, all English surnames on black people(These are usually Malawian) are not indigeonous to Zimbo. Somebody has to clean the shop and take stock of who and what belongs where.

      UncleShep - 2013-01-18 11:58

      AH! Pfutsek

      denis.dendrinos - 2013-01-18 12:04

      Really Joe - who belongs where? Should they start carrying passes too? Hmm...sounds familiar huh?

      bob.spaps.1 - 2013-01-18 15:55

      looks like the two dicks below did not do any schooling

      UncleShep - 2013-01-21 10:19

      you.....did u do any.....what u have to show for it?....dweeb!!!!

  • gareth.p.randall - 2013-01-18 12:01

    LMFAO. Justice. That's what you get. And the funnier thing about it. Mugabe will not reverse his decision. Suffer. You deserve nothing less.

  • Glen.E.Huysamer - 2013-01-18 12:44

    I don't know why they want to do it now, wait until Mugabe is six feet under before trying to negotiate anything, it won't be long now and the day will come when Mugabe will be forgotten as just another despot of Africa. Let the land lie fallow for another thirty years, then negotiate.

  • richard.mhute - 2013-01-18 23:34

    They made a huge mistake. They underestimated Robert Mugabe. Now they want to sneak back with their tails firmly stuck between their legs. Like Ian Smith before them they held on to too much for too long and as a result lost everything. A little humility and introspection would have saved them much sorrow. A lesson their brothers in SA seem to be failing to learn.

      fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-19 00:12

      Hear hear!

  • omachaka - 2013-01-26 11:23

    They underestimated Mugabe. This is an institution that cld have intiated the land reform programm insteady they were very arrogant towards the government. What suprise me now is that they want to help. what happened to their so called isolation policy?

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