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Most land claimants do not want to be farmers

Author: Keith Bryer

Of 5 495 claims registered, the majority do not want to farm.

 The almost abject failure to farm by many of those people who have benefited from the government’s efforts to transfer 30 percent of arable land to black farmers surely merits a new look at the policy.

 There are black farming successes. But according to the government, of the 6 million hectares bought from white farmers and given to black ones, only 10 percent are still productive. Tragically, some land transferred to black people has been sold or leased back to the original white owners.

 The high proportion of cash claimants has worried the bureaucrats because there is not enough money available.

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