Farmers in Marondera have appealed to the government to ensure that 99 year leases are bankable so that they have access to capital.

While their ability to produce is there for all to see, farmers at Meando farm in Marondera, who are into maize, tobacco and potato farming, are failing to access capital to boost their production as they do not have security of tenure on their land.

The farmers led by Mr Livith Mahlauro said if they manage to get loans and contracts, they will surpass their current production levels.

Despite these challenges, ward councillor, Ms Taurai Chikukwa is happy with the farmers’ production which has empowered them.

“Most of these farmers are very productive and if they manage to get loans, they will do well and feed not only their families but the entire country,” she said.

With the government expected to complete the national land audit exercise next month, it is the farmers’ hope that new land policies will iron such issues which have hindered productivity on farms so that the country becomes food self sufficient and unlock more value from agriculture.