A white coffee farmer, Richard Le Vieux, has thanked President Emmerson Mnangagwa after Cabinet intervened to stop the seizure of his farm by Remembrance Mbudzana.
Le Vieux owns Farfell Estates in Chipinge and almost lost more than half of the farm to Manicaland provincial affairs minister Ellen Gwaradzimba’s son.
Appearing before the Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Rural Resettlement, Water and Climate Change chaired by Nembudziya legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena on Tuesday, the former Swiss banker said:
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I want to say His Excellency the President and the ministry of foreign affairs have acted swiftly to address the situation of destabilisation of a successful export enterprise and I want to go on record thanking them for that not for me but for the country and the business which is an employer and exporter and an important economic actor in that remote place.
I am glad to report to everybody here today that the situation at the Estate is calm and exports are going full speed and we can now plan further investments beyond the investments which we have made which amounts to million and I am not talking about investments made 20 years ago, but like our avocado factory that was only made three years ago. So the resolution of this issue means we can continue with our investments and continue with our growth.
Farfell Estates produces coffee, macadamia nuts and avocados for the export market.