Government crafts agric joint venture framework 

by | Jan 16, 2022 | Business | 0 comments

 

Nevanji Munyaradzi Chiondegwa

Government has designed a framework which is set to legally recognise farming joint ventures.

In a recent press statement,Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Minister Dr Anxious Masuka said the development seeks to ensure that farming is regarded as a business.

“In pursuit of Vision 2030, through the National Development Strategy 1 (NDSI) and the Agriculture and Food Systems Transformation Strategy implementation framework, Government will transform the agriculture sector by making farming a business, while leaving no household, no village and no youth behind,” said Dr Masuka.

Under the new structure, all A1 and A2 farmers are expected to submit annual production and productivity forms.

These are meant to track production levels at farms across the country.

“…I wish to highlight that one does not need to have land in order to do business on land. It is in this regard that the Ministry encourages Joint Ventures on unproductive land. A joint Venture database, for the purpose of match-making available underutilised and unproductive land units with potential JV partners is being developed. Farmers are encouraged to register with their nearest AGRITEX Office. Potential JV partners are encouraged to register with the M and E Unit of the Ministry. The forms for farmers and JV partners are obtainable from the M and E Unit,” said Dr Masuka.

All farming joint ventures will now be subject to Government approval as stated by Section 18 of the Land Commission Act( Chapter 20:29 ).

Dr Masuka said that, “The Joint Venture which Government was encouraging is aimed and increasing production and productivity on farms. In line with government thrust to increase production and productivity, abandoned farms, derelict farms and underutilised farms shall be liable for repossession and redistribution to deserving beneficiaries on the waiting list for land allocation. Holders of such land must consider JVs in order to quickly bring such land under production.”

NOTE: The Production and Productivity forms are available online from the Ministry’s website and also obtainable from the Ministry’s Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, email address agricmonitoring2020@gmail.com and downloadable from the Ministry Website www.moa.govuzw, Agricultural Marketing Authority Website www.ama.co.zw or Agricultural Marketing Authority / AGRITEX offices countrywide. They must be submitted by the 15 of February 2022.