UK gives Zim $72m to help rural farmers

UK gives Zim $72m to help rural farmers

2015-03-20 18:44

Harare - Britain has given Zimbabwe $72m to help increase food production by rural farmers over the next four years, as the country faces the prospect of poorer harvests this year due to inadequate rains.

Once the bread-basket of the region, Zimbabwe has since 2000 struggled to feed its people due to droughts and President Robert Mugabe's seizure of white-owned farms to resettle landless blacks, which badly affected commercial agriculture.

Catriona Laing, Britain's ambassador to Zimbabwe, said with 70% of Zimbabweans living in rural areas and mostly surviving on farming, supporting agriculture would speed up economic recovery.

The money would be paid out through the Food And Agriculture Organisation and other relief agencies.

Zimbabwe and Britain have had frosty ties since 2000, with London, the European Union and United States, accusing Mugabe of rigging elections and human rights abuses.

Mugabe denies the charges, saying Britain is leading the West in trying to remove him from power as punishment for the land seizures.

  • tshepo.m.milton - 2015-03-20 20:51

    That's good news for the Zimbabweians may more countries help the people of Zim bcoz we can't rejoice on our Africans suffer the way they do

      Nikki Downes - 2015-03-21 08:25

      This is madness. When the UK withdrew from Zim they paid millions and millions of pounds every year for Mugabe to buy back farms from whites. Instead he pocketed the money and murdered the whites. Why they hell are they forking out more again? It's in Mugabe's bank account. If he doesn't care enough about his people then how can anyone else make any difference at all

  • Man Rand - 2015-03-20 21:25

    Look, Zim is about to hit the wall. Hard. It will be a tragic humanitarian disaster if there's a serious famine. Zim is bankrupt. Mugabe is old and senile. Neither Grace nor ZANUPF can save Zim. The "Look East" policy was a gigantic failure, but even it is likely to be eclipsed in destructiveness by the disastrous indigenisation policy. So, Zim needs help. I'm glad if the West steps in. At least they care. Mugabe does not. Zimbabweans pay attention!

  • Man Rand - 2015-03-20 21:30

    Who are the builders? and who are the destroyers?

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2015-03-21 10:29

    Britain gives Zimbabwe money while its own people are dying because they can't get the medical help needed, and its old people are in nursing homes not fit to house a pig. Politicians are mad.

  • Mark Hanesworth - 2015-03-21 16:46

    Jurassic Bob is now forced to swallow his pride,hang his head and say "Thank you my colonial Baas" LOL

  • Zahir - 2015-03-21 19:37

    Why doesn't mad Bob help his people?

  • Justice D Mncube - 2015-03-21 21:25

    A positive move indeed! thumps up Britain.but who will monitor that money? i smell the rat,some people will be millioniares by day break.but why do humans cause so much suffering to each other? even so,come Lord Jesus!

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