Addressing villagers in Katanya, Shamva district, Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Retired Chief Air Marshal Perrence Shiri said the law will soon catch up with those who illegally occupy or sell state land.
“I understand there are areas where people are settling illegally, land settlements are governed by statutes where demarcations are made of A1, A2 and communal settlements, however, you find that there are others who settle illegally, that is a complete disregard of the Constitution,” he said.
In light of government’s farm inputs subsidy programmes, Minister Shiri implored farmers to exercise discipline to ensure that funding models continue to be self sustaining.
“If we manage to continue paying our dues be it command agriculture, this will motivate our aids to continue funding, if we default, the source will dry up hence we need to remain disciplined,” added Minister Shiri.
Government has also embarked on a mechanisation scheme for A1 small scale farmers and communal farmers in an effort to ensure increased agricultural productivity.