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MORE than 50 farmers in the Midlands province are set to lose their land after the provincial lands committee recommended the downsizing of the farms for resettlement after beneficiaries left them lying idle.

According to a report presented by provincial chief lands officer, Joseph Shoko, at a recent Midlands Development Committee meeting in Gweru, government discovered many irregularities on the leased farms.

He said the lands committee recommended that the farms be downsized into plots for allocation to people on the waiting list (for land).

“Irregularities on individual leased farms have been unravelled and in some farms there are no signs of farming activities,” Shoko said.

Shoko gave the example of PL15 which used to be owned by the now deceased Cuthbert Mboneli which had all structures in a dilapidated state.

“The land committee recommended the cancellation of the lease and downsizing of this farm (PL15) into viable plots to be utilised so that prime land does not lie idle,” he said.

Others like PL 25, owned by one late Gwanzura, was being sublet by his son without the knowledge of and consent of the ministry.

ALSA 377 owned by Wellington Klass was also lying idle as the farmer was too old to carry out any farming activities.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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