joseph made 18-01-11.jpgGovernment is holding consultations to address challenges facing sugarcane farmers allocated land under the land reform programme at Triangle, Hippo Valley and Mkwasine Estates in the Lowveld.   

A team has since been set up and is being  led by Masvingo Governor and Resident Minister, Cde Titus Maluleke and officials from the Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement and the Ministry of Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation Development.

Acting Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement, Dr Joseph Made said, when the consultations are complete, the Governor will brief his Ministry as well as the Acting President so that the government will make informed decisions in tackling the problems.

“We want to allay fears that there could be anything untold going on at Mkwasine Estates. Those with grievances should come to the relevent authorities. The land reform programme is irreversible and we won’t reverse anything,” Dr Made said.

Minister Made also announced that 57 new farmers, who have been allocated land in the area, would be given offer letters this Wednesday.

When government started the land redistribution exercise, some indigenous farmers were allocated land in the Lowveld plantations, but the estates have been reluctance to buy the crop and render other necessary support.