Bizarre twist re “Offer letters”

Productive white farmers to get offer letters:  Mphoko

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC)

13 August 2016

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko says the government is considering highly productive farms run by white commercial farmers to be issued with offer letters.

Speaking after a tour of Mary Ellen farm in Bubi, Cde Mphoko said those farmers who have managed to co-exist with adjacent communal and resettled farmers have a chance of getting offer letters from government.

He said government is encouraged by production and level of investment by the Hallstead family at the 1,300 hectare farm.

On average, the farm delivers 500 tonnes of maize to the Grain Marketing Board while their yield per hectare on wheat stands at nine tonnes.

Farm manager Mr Peter Evans, said unlike previous years, this year they did not manage to do winter wheat farming due the dwindling water levels at their supply dam which currently stands at 25 percent.

He, however, said they have invested more resource in water efficient technology for the next season.

The government is keen to see high levels of productivity in farms to ensure that the country is self sufficient in food production.

While Matabeleland North province is known to be a drought prone area, it has fertile soils and those areas with irrigation have the capacity to equal the country’s wet regions in terms of yields per hectare.