farm infrastructre.jpgIndigenous farmers have become very productive since the 2000 Land Reform Programme and subsequent land reform policies.

Demonstrating to the country’s detractors the potential that is inherent in Zimbabweans, given the necessary resources and support.

The Land Reform Programme’s redressing of the colonial imbalances in land ownership inherited from the pre-independence era, when black Zimbabweans were forced from their homelands in favor of white settlers, was initially viewed negatively by the country’s detractors, but current developments on the farms demonstrate that indigenous farmers are able to utilise fully the land for food security and in some cases to enhance export earnings.

Several farmers have since penetrated the formerly white dominated areas such as tobacco and maize seed production, which are both labor and capital intensive.

One such farmer, Cde Noah Mangondo, who specialises in seed production, says the indigenous farmers are doing well, but they need to invest heavily on infrastructural development on the farms, which is critical in enhancing productivity.

 

Another farmer, Cde Tendai Savanhu, specialising in tobacco production, says the field formerly dominated by whites is capital intensive, but they have been able to be competitive in the area.

After the successful land reform programme, the government has since adopted the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Programme, that is expected to see Zimbabweans owning 51% of the country’s resources, to fulfill Zanu PF’s vision of total empowerment of the black majority.