Zimbabwe’s three leading farmers unions have amalgamated to form the Federation of Farmers Unions (FoFU) in order to give farmers a louder voice in the agricultural sector.

FoFU comprises the Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union (ZCFU), Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) and National Farmers Union (NFU).

The formation of FoFU formalises the signing of a deed of trust by the four organizations in September 2016 to aid farmers in their lobby for the agricultural sector.

FoFU Chairman, Wonder Chabikwa said farmers will be more effective if they speak with one voice, since in the past their efforts were segregated.

“Farmers’ concerns particularly funding stand to be better addressed with closer collaboration. FoFU’s main five objectives are to organise farmers and build consensus amongst them on agricultural policies, unify farmer representation, strengthen the farmers’ voices and to capacitate the farmers unions’ service responsiveness by improving communication, collaboration and co-operation,” he said.

The federation says it will also lobby for a suitable operational and regulatory environment and effectively mobilize resources; and have a solid and consistent voice contributing to the agricultural sector.

However, the Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union (ZFU) is not yet a member of FoFU that was launched on the 21st of this month in Harare.  

ZFU said it is still consulting with its members on this matter and once the consultation process, which will wind up with a referendum is over, a position will then be communicated.  

ZFU is therefore currently not participating in any FoFU meetings, programmes and activities.