The Zimbabwean government is conducting a comprehensive land audit with the view to downsize some large farms to boost capacity utilization of land.

Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs Minister Aplonia Munzverengwi said on Thursday the government has already identified farms for downsizing and that the farms will be pegged without compromising operations.

“The motive is to identify under-utilized farms and allocate them to landless people, especially the youths, who did not benefit from the first phase of the land reform program,” she said.

At the turn of the millennium, Zimbabwe embarked on a fast-track land reform program that aimed at addressing imbalances in land ownership between white commercial farmers and blacks.

The southern African country was once the “bread basket of Africa,” but some of the farmers who benefited from the land reform program are not fully utilizing the land.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe is working on compensating former white farmers and those with farms that fall under the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements who lost their land during the land reform.

Last Friday, the Zimbabwean government gazetted new legislation under which former landowners may opt for repossession of their land, or monetary compensation. Enditem


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