23 January 2001

Zimbabwean farmers to be settled in Manica

Over 150 Zimbabwean farmers are to be settled in the districts of Barue and Macossa, in Manica province, where they are expected to plough back over $ 100 million in farming.

The money to be invested during the first stage will be used to farm cash crops in an area of about 440,000 hectares.

Manica Agriculture and Rural Development provincial director Jose da Graca allayed fears that the Zimbabwean farmers would expropriate land from the local communities. Barue and Macossa are districts with the greatest potential for the production of grain and cash crops such as cotton, tobacco, sunflower and others, in Manica. The farmers are also expected to also in set up processing industries.

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