Nyabadza tears into “new” farmers

Unproductive farmers occupying land allocated to them during the controversial land “reform” exercise should move from being content with mere ownership of the properties and seek partnerships that will boost operations.

Basil Nyabadza

Basil Nyabadza

Agricultural Rural Development Authority board chairman, Basil Nyabadza, castigated the failed farmers describing them as absentee landlords who should now swallow their pride and rope in investors with adequate resources to turn around the agricultural sector.

“The issue of farmers who were allocated land but have since done nothing with it is really a cause forconcern. We have people like judges, teachers, nurses and people from other professions who benefitted during the land reform programme but many of them have become absentee landlords,” he told The Zimbabwean  recently.

Nyabadza further revealed that Arda had taken it upon itself to attract private partners and ensure a win-win situation despite the indigenisation law that compels foreign investors to abide by a 49/51 percent shareholding.

“What we are going to do is to talk to the farmers and then engage the investors. We know there have been strong emotions by the investors due to the indigenisation policy but we will allow both parties to have a win-win situation,” said Nyabadza.

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