herbertmurerwa.jpgLands and Rural Resettlement Minister, Dr Herbert Murerwa says the Western imposed sanctions are hindering the country’s efforts to secure international credit lines.

Dr Murerwa said this while officially opening the Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union (ZCFU) Annual Congress.

He said the country has currently engaged the Bankers Association of Zimbabwe to resolve the issuance of loans to farmers.

“We must collectively denounce the illegal sanctions imposed on the country as they are hurting the generality of our people,” said Dr Murerwa.

Banks are currently reluctant to accept the 99 year leases as collateral security from farmers.

ZCFU President Mr. Wilson Nyabonda urged government to come out with a clear policy on subsidized inputs to make sure that they are delivered to the intended beneficiaries on time, adding that interventions to resolve the issues of contract farming is also government’s duty.

“Some contractors do not offer a farmer all the inputs as agreed on the contract but comes to collect the entire crop harvested by the farmer,” Mr Nyabonda said.

The ZCFU’s Annual Conference is being held under the theme ‘Enhancing economic vibrancy through building confidence in agriculture’ and delegates were drawn from all the country’s provinces.