The government has warned unscrupulous individuals who are diverting agricultural land for development of residential properties to desist from the practice.    

The Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Cde Davis Marapira said the country is being deprived of much needed productive land not only by individuals but some local authorities as well and will take steps to reclaim misappropriated farms.

Minister Marapira said those who need land for housing development should work with local authorities as there are several productive farmers in need of land.

In his inauguration speech, President Emmerson MNnangagwa said land is a key enabler for the agricultural sector which is expected to play a key role in the country’s economic turnaround.