“Partnerships on unproductive land way to go”

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A database of farmers interested in joint ventures with landowners is being set up and farmers who can invest will be given priority on unproductive farms, said the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Dr Anxious Masuka.

Speaking at Virginia East Block Farm in Mazowe on a recent tour, Dr Masuka urged A1 farmers whose lands had water and good soils to seek joint venture partners so their farms can be returned. productive.

He added that his ministry was at an advanced stage of building a database of potential joint venture partners.

“We are asking A2 farmers to produce annual yields of production and productivity so that we can identify areas and farms where joint ventures can be entered into for agricultural transformation and the achievement of Vision 2030.

“You can become a successful farmer without having a land title. Joint venture agreements are the future of agriculture, ”he said.

Dr Masuka urged Virginia Farm plot owners who are involved in a dispute over a joint venture agreement signed in 2020 to respect and enforce the terms of the trade agreement.

Two disgruntled Virginia Farm farmers, identified only as Mucheri and Chinhete, blocked the path of a center pivot and thus prevent investor-farmer Mr. Wishman Doro from effectively irrigating the land.

The five-year joint venture was formed in 2020 after the farm had been unproductive for many years and racked up a huge electricity bill, leading the plot owners to be sued in the High Court.

Dr Masuka said contract law is very simple and farming is now a business.

“A joint venture partnership is a platform for farmers to learn best farming practices. When I took over from the late Minister Shiri, all the programs he started were accelerated, ”he said.

“It is in this vein that 35 farmers entered into a five-year joint venture agreement with Mr. Doro in 2020. The agreement was working extremely well until two of the A1 farmers decided to exit the business.

“The joint venture agreement must be respected. We have asked the local authorities to help us and ensure that the joint venture exists and is realized to unlock massive production on this farm. “

Dr Masuka said Mr Doro is an example that you don’t have to own land to become a successful farmer. Gone are the days when people brag about owning a land title, but there is no production on the land.

Mr Doro, who started farming as a 7th grade farmer at his rural home in Chiweshe, is a land reform beneficiary and has been offered an A1 farm at Slemish Farm in Mazowe.

In addition, he leased land, but due to his hard work and excellence in agriculture, he was chosen by the late Minister of Agriculture, the Chief Air Marshal (retired ) Shiri to revive Virginia Farm.

“The plot owners were on the verge of losing their property when they approached me to have their electricity bill paid, as the matter was before the High Court. The late Minister Shiri feared that this farm would be unproductive despite its proximity to a body of water. A meeting to choose an investor was called and they chose me because I had helped them.

“Following the death of Minister Shiri, two farmers declared that the agreement no longer exists. They placed stones, thorns and metal in the path of the central pivot so that it did not cross their fields. I approached the Land and Irrigation Department to resolve the issue.

“I was reported to the police for letting chemicals from the corn seed field enter the fields of one of the disgruntled farmers,” Doro said.

Mr. Doro owns 40 hectares of corn seeds, 40 hectares of soybeans and 100 hectares of commercial soybeans.

One of the farmers, Ms Elizabeth Ngwira, said the joint venture allowed them to learn and copy Mr Doro.

“This farm was very unproductive. When Mr. Doro acquired a hub, we were happy that our farm was growing, ”she said.

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