The Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Ziyambi Ziyambi has revealed that government will soon issue withdrawal letters to unproductive farmers who got farms under the Land Reform Programme as part of efforts to boost agricultural production on all arable land.
Speaking at a question and answer session in Parliament, Ziyambi said government gave farms to people for them to be productive. However, some had converted them into homesteads. He said the recently completed land audit will provide information on what is happening on every farm in the country.
Ziyambi was responding to a question from Marondera East legislator Vimbai Mutokonyi on government’s policy on unproductive farms.
“There are people who got farms but are not utilising them. The Land Commission did a land audit to find out what is happening on each and every farm. You will find that letters of withdrawal will come because people were given farms to be productive, not to just have homesteads,” said Ziyambi.
The Lands Commission handed the land audit report to President Emmerson Mnangagwa last year. However, the audit findings are yet to be made public .