Zim to revise 99-year leases

He told New Ziana that they were enhancing the leases to make them more comprehensive.

” We are seeing a good reason for enhancing the leases.

We cannot give out 99-year leases without conditions. What happens if we give a farmer the lease and that farmer is not productive? We have to guard against that by attaching certain conditions to the lease,” he said

He said one of the conditions for the allocation of the leases was that farmers grow a suitable hectarage of maize or wheat or maintain a certain number of livestock.

Mutasa said he was consulting with stakeholders on the appropriate hectarage required for the planting of maize and other crops.

” We are still consulting. Although there are no definite figures agreed upon as yet, there have been suggestions that one must plant an average of 20 hectares of maize and that one must utilize an average of 20 percent of the land allocated for the planting of crops. We are still debating,” he said.

He said the ministry could not give a date as to when they would start allocating the leases, adding that this would depend on when they would agree on the modalities of the leases.

The allocation of land leases to A2 farmers is part of the government’s land reform programme which began in 2000 to redress the imbalance in the country’s land distribution. ‘ New Ziana.

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