By Kudzai Furusa
In line with the New Dispensation's thrust, Government is prioritising production and productivity in Agriculture.
This was revealed in a Joint Statement by the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement and the Minister of Finance and Economic Development in the wake of the conclusion on 29 July 2020 of the Global Compensation deed between the Government of Zimbabwe and the Former owners.
The First Secretary of ZANU PF and President His Excellency Cde E.D Mnangagwa has for long been on record saying his administration would prioritise and invest in agricultural infrastructure to maximise productivity given that the country’s economy is agro-based.
The Joint Statement reads, “Going forward Government's highest priority in agriculture is to increase production and productivity through the collaborative efforts of all Zimbabweans. This includes skills transfer from former farm owners to the resettled farmers and the provision of an attractive land tenure system that will be supportive of increased levels of investment on agricultural land.”
The two Ministries went on to highlight that Government is doing everything within its power to attain an upper middle income economy by 2030 by utilising productive farms and downsizing unproductive farms.
“Consistent with the Second Republic’s thrust to increase production and productivity in the agricultural sector and in order to anchor the attainment of an upper middle income economy by 2030, Government has taken a deliberate policy position to initially exempt fully utilized productive farms from downsizing until agricultural land under multiple farm ownership, derelict and/or underutilised has been brought into production. Ministers of State for Provincial Affairs and Provincial Lands Committees shall ensure strict adherence to this policy,” read the statement.