Commercial Farmers' Union of Zimbabwe

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ZESA cuts destroy crops

ZESA cuts destroy crops

Winter crops worth more than $20,000 have withered at Redwood irrigation 
scheme in Umguza after the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority cut power 
supplies for non–payment of bills.

by Zwanai Sithole

“We admit we owe ZESA a debt of $3,000 but they should not have disconnected 
us without discussing our payment arrangements which we had submitted. The 
farmers were willing to settle their debts after harvesting their crop 
during the first week of November,” said Newton Gwetu, one of the affected 

Another farmer at the scheme, Charles Ndlovu said farmers had used a lot of 
money to buy farming inputs such as chemicals, seed, fertilizer, labour and 
hiring tractors.

“All our efforts have gone down the drain. I was intending to clear all my 
bills after the harvest but now I am stuck. I do not even know where I am 
going to get the inputs for the coming farming season. The government should 
assist us,” said Ndlovu.

The outgoing president of the Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union), Donald 
Khumalo said the situation could have been avoided if the farmers had 
approached his organisation for assistance.

“What happened at Redwood is unfortunate. Farmers should always engage us 
and ZESA when they have such problems. We have approached ZESA on such 
issues several times and they have been very supportive. Everyone knows that 
things are bad for every sector that is why ZESA is willing to negotiate on 
payment arrangements,” said Khumalo. 


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