The joint ventures introduced by the Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement have started to pay dividend as most farmers who took up the initiative have made tremendous progress to fully utilise their allocated land and boost production.

The government has so far processed several partnerships between the new breed of commercial farmers and investors as part of efforts to capacitate the farmers to fully utilise their land.

The Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement Dr Douglas Mombeshora (pictured) says the joint ventures have transformed most farms, which were lying idle owing to lack of resources on the part of the farmers, into viable entities, especially in the tobacco sector.

The joint ventures were launched by the ministry in 2015 and will see farmers finding investors to work with for a period ranging between three to five years to boost their farming operations under a win-win basis.