Government introduces land rent and levy


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In a move that if properly implemented will weed out unproductive farmers, the government has introduced rentals and levies for resettled farmers with large scale farmers paying a total of $15 per hectare per year while small-scale farmers will pay $5 per hectare.

According to the Finance Act gazette last Friday A1 farmers will pay $10 per hectare rent and a $5 development levy. A2 farmers will pay rent of $3 a hectare and a levy of $2.

The move is likely to weed out unproductive farmers as they will not be able to raise the new fees, which the government says will be paid every quarter.

Zimbabwe has said it will soon carry out a land audit to get rid of multiple farm owners and to make sure that those on the land are not just occupying it but using it productively.

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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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