President Emmerson Mnangagwa has warned land barons that the law will descend on them for trying to take over the role of the State which is the only authority that has the right to distribute agricultural land.
The President said this while addressing recipients of the 2019 National Young Champion Farmer Awards drawn from all the country’s provinces in Harare this Wednesday.
President Mnangagwa presented awards to provincial winners in various categories including awards to the best young female and male farmers, Belphas Shonhai and Jabu Muchenje respectively.
“Do not be lied to by land barons out there saying they have land, those are lies. All agriculture land belongs to the State and I am the head of the State, so the directive to give land comes from my office and nowhere else,” said President Mnangagwa.
President Mnangagwa said he was impressed by the efforts being made by the young farmers and was committed to working with them through the ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services which has the mandate to publicise the work being done.
“I was glad hearing one of the young women who presented being confident that they are moving forward to being self-sufficient and that in five years they look forward to producing enough maize and wheat to feed the nation and surplus to export.”
Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement (Retired) Chief Air Marshal Perrance Shiri commended the job being carried out by the youth desk in his ministry.
“I am impressed by the effort being made by my youth desk and relevant departments in involving young farmers in agriculture, and land development structures streaming in all spheres of the economy, this is an ingredient towards the achievement of sustainable development goals and contributing towards Vision 2030,” he said.
The awards ceremony is one event that sees youths in the country competing to produce more for local consumption and surplus to export. The competitions will also see stakeholders in the farming sector meeting and mapping a way forward on how best to grow the agriculture sector in the country.