The Situation of Commercial Farm Workers after Land Reform in Zimbabwe

Skills and organisational base of farm workers

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Skills and organisational base of farm workers

Over many years, farm workers acquired a range of skills in crop production, use of agricultural machinery, repair and maintenance of equipment and use of agri-chemicals. Some workers were drivers, technicians, clerks and forepersons. These skills will be wasted if they are not used. The model farms appear to be employing few of them. There is therefore a compelling reason to allocate land to former farm workers on which they can deploy these skills. It would be worthwhile to invest effort in encouraging the creation of producer groups, or production and marketing cooperatives, among former farm workers. Workers’ groups could negotiate fair arrangements with companies that lend inputs. The companies could recoup the costs when they purchase the commodities produced.

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