|Zanu-PF in drive to assist farmers|
|Wednesday, 11 July 2012 16:21|
This has prompted Zanu-PF to embark on a countrywide tour of the farms to access the challenges and recommend solutions.
The Zanu-PF national secretary for production and labour Cde Dzikamai Mavhaire also attended the meeting.
The governors bemoaned lack of productivity, especially on A2 farms, saying lack of State financial and material support incapacitated beneficiaries.Mashonaland West provincial administrator Mr Christopher Shumba said land disputes continued to be experienced in the province due to failure by responsible offices to give offer letters to beneficiaries. “About 75 percent of our people (A2 farmers) in Hurungwe have no offer letters,” he said.
Mr Shumba said lack of funding made it impossible for his office to resolve land disputes, with some of them being fanned by aspiring politicians.
“Some people in Kadoma have gone into the grazing areas and allocated land there. We understand the individual wants to be the next Member of Parliament.
People have moved into grazing areas and started erecting structures. We do not have resources to move around and address these issues spot on,” he said.
“The major challenge is production. A good number of farmers are failing to produce. They have no capacity and it is becoming a problem,” said an official from Governor Jason Machaya’s office.
The same situation prevails in Mashonaland East with a report from the province stating that “productive utilisation of the land had been quite problematic because of shortage of resources”.The province bemoaned dwindling Government support in the form of inputs and agricultural machinery and called for the reintroduction of the farm mechanisation programme.
The report from Governor and Resident Minister Aeneas Chigwedere’s office said there were several cases of sub-letting of land to former commercial farmers in the province by beneficiaries of the land reform.
Governor and Resident Minister Sithokozile Matutu’s office said a pressure group was moving around the province illegally parceling out land.
“The percentage of farmers fully resident on their land is small.
“There is another disturbing issue. There are too many people allocating land. These people claim that they work with ‘big people’ in the party in Harare,” she said.
The same situation prevails in Mashonaland Central, Manicaland and Masvingo provinces.