Sunday, April 20, 2008
As the country celebrates 28 years of independence, farmers have hailed the government for spearheading the agrarian reform say the land reform program has transformed the lives of the black majority who were deprived of their most prized heritage by the white minority.
With the land now in the hands of the black majority, farmers say they will celebrate the Independence Day with zeal and confidence 28 years after the country liberated itself from the repressive colonial rule.
The farmers commended the government for spearheading the land reform which has benefited thousands of people who had no access to productive land which was shared amongst the white minority.
To ensure that farmers enjoy the full benefits of the Agrarian Reform the government through the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe introduced the mechanization program that has seen thousand of farmers receiving tractors, ploughs and a wide range of equipment.
Some beneficiaries of the land reform programme have however scoffed at some farmers whom they say are letting the country down by failing to fully utilize the land allocated to them.
The land question which was the major grievance during the second Chimurenga which finally delivered Zimbabwe from the yoke of colonial bondage remained a topical issue after the attainment of independence.
After the willing seller willing buyer principle failed to yield desired results the government came up with critical legislation which culminated in the land reform programme in the late 90s.
The government has also gone a gear up in consolidating the land reform program by putting in place support measures like the agricultural mechanization programme and other input schemes.