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Whites Key To Reviving Zim Agriculture:MP

Whites Key To Reviving Zim Agriculture:MP

By Crisswel Chisango Chinhoyi, June 01, 2012 – Former Mashonaland West 
governor and Zvimba West Member of Parliament, Nelson Samkange, said on 
Friday that there was need to work with white farmers who had financial 
capacity to revive the ailing agriculture sector.

He told Radio VOP “What we want is production and if they (whites) come, I 
am prepared to work with them.”

He is among top government officials who are battling to utilise the land 
that they grabbed from white commercial farmers in 2000.

He is currently being sued by his workers at his Rukoba farm in Banket for 
non remittance of their contributions to National Social Security Authority, 
NSSA as well as outstanding salaries since 2010.

Other top government officials dragged to court over non remittance of 
workers’ contributions to Nssa include, Attorney-General Johannes Tomana, 
Local Government and Urban Development minister Ignatius Chombo, former 
adviser to reserve bank Governor Gideon Gono, Munyaradzi Kereke.

Samkange said he failed to utilise his farm following a botched up deal with 
the Chinese late last year. “I had earmarked 300 hectares for maize and soya 
beans but the Chinese did not honour up to their promise.”

He was now selling his cattle to make ends meet after he fired 50 of his 70 

“I am appealing to you to assist if I can get anyone with funding even 
whites because I cannot afford to use the whole farm or employ all workers” 
he added.


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