Commercial Farmers' Union of Zimbabwe

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CFU to work with govt on land reform

CFU to work with govt on land reform

Only 200 white commercial farmers are actively engaged in farming 
activities, the Commercial Farmers Union has confirmed.
by Ngoni Chanakira Harare

The once-powerful farming association had more than 4 500 members before the 
controversial land resettlement programme began in 2000.

Marc Carrie-Wilson, CFU’s Legal Affairs Manager, told The Zimbabwean in an 
exclusive interview that the few farmers left were trying their best to 
restore agricultural production to its1980s glory days, when Zimbabwe was 
known as the bread basket of southern Africa.

“The major problem facing the commercial farming sector in Zimbabwe today is 
lack of finance and knowledge. The agricultural colleges are not producing 
farmers who want to farm but those who view farming as a hobby,” he said.

He said the union’s new President, Charles Taffs, was overseeing a major 
change in direction for the organisation. This comes as many believe the CFU 
has lost direction and “should be abandoned”.

“I really don’t think so,” Carrie-Wilson said. “Maybe the disgruntled 
individuals are saying so because we now have a new President who is very 

He said there was now new thinking within the CFU and it was working with 
the government to restore agricultural production.

During the 1980s, Zimbabwe held the SADC Food Security Portfolio, which led 
to President Robert Mugabe winning the coveted US$100 000 cash Prize for 
Sustainable Hunger from the United States of America.

But the country is now more of a basket case and has to regularly beg from 
its “poor” neighbours, many of whom ironically benefited from Zimbabwean 
commercial farmers who were forced to leave their land when Mugabe and Zanu 
(PF) henchmen grabbed most commercial farmland for their own purposes.

The so-called “land reform” programme, heavily criticised by the West, 
resulted in the country being isolated from the international community and 
targeted sanctions were then slapped on some 200 Zanu (PF) individuals.

“Things have now changed,” said Carrie-Wilson said. “The CFU has changed and 
we are working with the government on land reform.”


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