Zimbabwe seems poised to return expropriated land to white farmers

Zimbabwe seems poised to return expropriated land to white farmers

The Zimbabwean government is likely to return land to white farmers, after a land audit due for completion in March. The audit is being carried out on a national level and aims to correct past wrongs from the chaotic land reform undertaken in 2000.

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The Zimbabwean government looks set to return some land to white farmers upon the completion of a land audit currently underway.

The audit, which is being conducted on a national level, seeks to flush out multiple farm owners and attempt to correct some mistakes made in the nation's fast-track land reform.

Douglas Karoro, Deputy Minister of lands, agriculture, rural resettlement, water and climate, addressed Parliament recently to say:

“Government wants to see a situation whereby there is fairness in land ownership. There is a land audit that is currently under way and we expect the exercise to be finalised by the end of March."

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The deputy went on to say that it will not focus on the colour of the farmer but on the individuals capcity to make the land productive:

A farmer is going to be looked at as a farmer, who has capacity and competence. The essence is that we want to produce enough food for everybody as a country and surplus for export."

The audit seeks to undo the damage done by the land seizures, which had seen food production plummeting and the nation, which had once been the bread basket of Southern Africa, importing basic foodstuffs:

“In short, government is looking at ways that are non-discriminatory in terms of allocating land to those people who want land,”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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