By ZBC Reporter
The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement has reassured farmers that, contrary to falsehoods being peddled on social media, there will be no reversal of the land reform programme as a result of the Global Compensation Agreement.
Addressing farmers in Gokwe-Nembudziya ahead of the 2020-2021 summer cropping season, committee chairman Honourable Justice Mayor Wadyajena said there is no need for farmers to panic as they will not lose their land.
Honourable Wadyajena, who is also Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator, urged farmers to ignore false statements by regime change agents that the global compensation agreement is meant to reverse the gains of the land reform programme.
“You have heard in the independent media that President Mnangagwa has sold out by reversing the land reform, this is a lie,” he said.
“No one will lose a single hectare of land under the global compensation agreement, farmers who made improvements on the land are the ones to be compensated. Let’s continue to be productive on the land for the good of the country.”
Cottco Sanyati business unit manager, Crispen Gwauya revealed that 800 hectares of arable land have been prepared ahead of the summer cropping season.
“Inputs have already arrived for the coming season and a new criterion will be used for the distribution of inputs. Those that delivered better than others will get first bigger quantities. These are presidential free inputs and everyone will receive inputs. We have so far tilled more than 800 hectares,” he said.
According to the Meteorological Services Department, prospects are high for a good season with Zimbabwe expected to receive normal to above-normal rainfall during the 2020-2021 season.