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    Mombeshora tells farmers to vacate Tongaat plots

    MORRIS BISHI
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    CHIREDZI – The Minister of Lands and Rural Resettlement Douglas Mombeshora has ordered farmers settled on Tongaat Hullet plots to vacate after completion of harvesting of sugarcane.
    In a letter dated September 1, 2017 addressed to all the beneficiaries, the Minister said a payment framework has been determined after discussions between Tongaat and the Ministry. He said Tongaat Hullet will harvest sugarcane on the said plots and farmers whose offer letters were withdrawn will be paid according to investments they made on the crop until it became ripe.
    He said farmers are to vacate the fields after the harvest to allow Tongaat Hullet to maintain the crop and those who will remain will do so at their own risk.
    "A payment framework has been determined following discussions between the ministry and Tongaat Hullet. Payment will be made to farmers willing to participate based on the understanding that Tongaat Hullet harvests the sugarcane on the plot. Farmers who maintained the crop fully to the point of harvest will be paid based on revenue from sugarcane less costs incurred by Tongaat with farmers receiving the full profit"
    "Farmers are to vacate the land after the harvest to allow Tongaat Hullet to maintain the crop and protect the cane roots pending the outcome of the Appeal which is before the Supreme Court. Farmers who choose to remain on the plot after harvest will do so at their own risk. Similarly, Tongaat Hullet will maintain the crop at its own risk" reads part of the letter.
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