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Chiredzi farmers get offer letters

Chiredzi farmers get offer letters

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Thursday, 28 February 2013 00:00

Masvingo Bureau
Government has issued nearly 150 offer letters to new A2 sugar cane farmers 
allocated plots at Hippo Valley and Triangle sugar cane estates.
This brings to 1 000 the number of indigenous people now into commercial 
cane

production since the inception of the land reform programme over a decade 
ago. Three Chiredzi chiefs namely Sengwe, Tshovani and Gudo whose subjects 
had for long protested against their exclusion from sugar cane farming in 
the Lowveld are among those who were given the offer letters.

The new farmers were issued with offer letters after Government entered into 
an agreement with sugar cane growing giant Tongaat Hullet to develop nearly 
4 000 hectares of virgin land at Hippo Valley and Triangle estates into 
sugar cane plots.

Masvingo Governor and Resident Minister Titus Maluleke yesterday confirmed 
that 150 offer letters were recently issued to indigenous players.
He said each of the beneficiaries would get about 20 hectares.

“Tongaat Hullet offered to develop nearly 4 000 hectares of virgin land at 
Hippo Valley and Triangle that will be demarcated into individual plots for 
the beneficiaries and the project will be done on a cost recovery basis,’’he 
said.

Governor Maluleke said they were now working on repayment modalities to make 
sure that the new beneficiaries were not left vulnerable in the repayment 
plan.

“Tongaat Hullet will develop the land and plant the initial cane and will 
recover its money from the beneficiaries but we are working on a deal that 
does not suffocate the new cane farmers,” said Governor Maluleke.

“We want them to be able to repay their loans but at the same time be able 
to pay their workers to earn a living from cane farming and that is the deal 
we are working on right now.’’

Under the deal, Governor Maluleke said, Tongaat Hullet would develop the 
land build irrigation canals and plant the cane and would recover its money 
from the beneficiaries over a certain period. Land planning has already been 
completed and actual development is expected to start anytime soon.

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