As Robert Mugabe admits that he has blundered with his land reform programme, Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi, who reportedly already owns another farm, is said to be threatening to grab a highly productive chicken-breeding farm in Masvingo.
President Robert Mugabe admitted in a ZBC interview for his 91st birthday that he blundered by giving ill-equipped black farmers vast tracts of farmland seized from whites under his controversial land reforms.
“I think the farms we gave to people are too large. They can’t manage them,” Mugabe said, adding that most of them were using just one third of the land - no wonder Zimbabwe has been reduced to importing basics, like maizemeal.
In the past, Mugabe has blamed a drastic drop in agricultural production on erratic rains due to climate change and western sanctions, which he said hampered his government’s efforts to procure equipment for the farmers.