New Generation Of White Farmers Return To ‘Their’ Land

Some former white commercial farmers are returning to the farms they used to own and till the land as tenants of the black beneficiaries of the land reform.

About 800 of them have resumed farming in the three Mashonaland provinces, though the influx has been surreptitious.

A 38-year-old white farmer whose family was evicted from their farm and settled on another farm now owned by a black proprietor in Mashonaland Central province had this to say:

I don’t know who he [former farm owner] was or where he is. I don’t even know if he is alive. But I grew up on a farm like this, and I am a Zimbabwean. This is my country. I don’t want to go anywhere else.

Reports suggest that when thousands of white farmers were forcibly removed from their farms at the turn of the Millenium by the then president Robert Mugabe, about 200 of them were left with tiny pieces of their original landholding choosing to keep a low profile.

Now, the “new” white farmers who were children when their parents were often violently forced off the land, are derided by older evicted white farmers as mercenaries and Born Frees.

More: newZWire

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4 comments on “New Generation Of White Farmers Return To ‘Their’ Land

  1. I don’t think that they are chided by their ‘fore fathers’, it’s you blacks, like the write of the article, who don’t want whites back on the farms. But let me tell you, this could be the best thing that happens to Zim- you blacks will finally get something to eat and hopefully a lot more farming related businesses will reopen offering more job opportunities (for the blacks) that exist at the moment. I have always said that if you allow the white farmers back things will get better – if you don’t, nothing will change for the better for the next 100 years here in Zim. Like it, do it or lose it.

    1. Very true some resettled black farmers have failed to produce meaningful since they took over. Not all people are farmer. The gvt must nationalise all ariable land and rent it out to those who are capable of producing . not to overnight farmers .land invaders must go back to their roots and practice their subsistance farming there and not waste productive land.

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