|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.