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Zim failing to use land productively - envoy

07 March 2014, 13:28

Cape Town - The Danish government has reportedly blamed Zimbabwe’s failing economy on the under-utilisation of huge tracts of land by the beneficiaries of the country’s land reform programme.

According to New Zimbabwe.com, Danish ambassador to Zimbabwe, Erik Brogger Rusmussen, expressed concern that beneficiaries of the land reforms were not utilising the resource.

Rusmussen’s remarks come at a time when the country is said to be likely to experience another poor harvest despite normal to above average rainfall having been received during the 2013-2014 farming season.

At least 4 000 white farmers were evicted from their farms when President Robert Mugabe's government embarked on a violent and controversial land redistribution programme in 2000.

Since then, agricultural production decreased dramatically and food shortages have continued to plague the country.

Rusmussen said Zimbabweans were empowered through the land redistribution programme “but the problem we see is that people...are failing to use it productively”.

The envoy said funding was not the only problem hindering productivity in the agriculture sector, but knowledge of the faming business as well.

He said his government was supporting Zimbabwe by developing the youth, by giving them the “knowledge and know-how of doing practical things with the land”.

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