|‘Redistribute sugarcane plantations’|
|Sunday, 15 July 2012 00:05|
Government has been called upon to redistribute thousands of hectares of sugarcane plantations in the Lowveld to indigenous landless people of Zimbabwe who are yearning for a chance to break into the lucrative industry.
“It is my hope that the 29 000 hectares of land that are owned by Tongaat Hullet will be redistributed in a proper and equitable manner so that everyone benefits. The Hippo Valley workers who have the expertise should also get land. They must all have land,” he said.
Sugarcane farmers in the Chiredzi area have for a long time been struggling to produce on the farms due to limited access to financial assistance as well as the absence of a Government subsidised input schemes.
Farmers argue that the company should be mandated to focus on milling only.
He said the company also has 42 000 employees working in six African countries namely Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and South Africa.
“Tongaat Hullet Zimbabwe is involved in many socio-economic development programmes, including private farmer cane-land rehabilitation through SusCo, a national herd development project in which so far 30 bulls have been donated to various communities in Masvingo province, procurement of goods and services from local communities worth $113 million, purification of Chiredzi town water supply, provision of education support to 11 787 pupils through our 21 schools as well as education welfare support to surrounding communities, among other projects,’’ he said.