The government has dismissed reports of giving back land to the white farmers saying the land reform is irreversible as all agriculture land belongs to the state.

The Minister of Agriculture, Lands and Rural Resettlement Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri, however, said all farmers who benefited under the agrarian reforms programme are allowed to enter into partnerships with partners of their choice whether black or white as long they follow the state’s laid down procedures.

“Government’s position that the land reform programme is irreversible will remain forever and any case of farmers who procedurally enter into joint ventures with white partners or any investor should not be mistaken as a reversal of the agrarian reform,” said Minister Shiri.

Retired Air Chief Marshal Shiri dismissed reports that government is returning white farmers back on the farms as reported in other sections of the media.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa also made it clear during in his inauguration speech that land reform is irreversible and white farmers who were removed from the state land during the inception of the agrarian reforms will be compensated. 

The pronouncement by Minister Shiri puts to rest reports published both on the social media and other sections of the media that government was giving back land to the whites.