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Only 200 White Commercial Farmers Left In Zimbabwe – CFU

Only 200 White Commercial Farmers Left In Zimbabwe – CFU

By Ngoni Chanakira, Harare, September 22, 2011 – Zimbabwe currently has only 
200 white commercial farmers who are actively engaged in farming activities, 
the Commercial Farmers Union (CFU), has confirmed.

The CFU, once Zimbabwe’s most powerful farming association, had more than 4 
500 before the controversial Land Resettlement Programme (LRP) began in 

Marc Carrie-Wilson, CFU’s Legal Affairs Manager, told Radio VOP in an 
exclusive interview in Harare that the few farmers left were trying their 
best to return to agricultural production as happened in the 1980s when 
Zimbabwe was the bread basket of southern Africa.

“There are about 200 commercial farmers left and in our association,” he 
said in an interview.

“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 there was new thinking within the CFU due to the new President, 
Charles Taffs.

“I think he will lead the organisation to much better times because we are 
seeing a change in the organisation right now,” Carrie Wilson said.

The move comes amid sentiments by some personalities, even among the white 
people, that the CFU is slowly losing its direction and should be 

“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 new thinking within the CFU and it was working with the 
Government of National Unity (GNU) to try and return Zimbabwe to its days of 

Zimbabwe used to be the bread basked of southern Africa under the Southern 
African Development Community (SADC).

However, Zimbabwe is now more of a basket case and has to regularly beg from 
its “poor” neighbours, many of whom ironically benefited from its commercial 
farmers who ran away after President Mugabe and his former ruling party 
decided to grab land for their own purposes using the country’s 
indigenisation regulations in 2000.

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


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