THE Zimbabwe’s few remaining members of the Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) will next month gather for their 60th annual congress at which they will once again urge government to review its l
and policies to revive the agricultural sector.
CFU vice-president Doug Taylor Freeme said his members remained committed to offering their skills to anyone who wants to produce for the nation.
“Most of our members are no longer farming but are prepared to offer their services,” Taylor-Freeme said.
“We want to urge government to hold a policy review which will allow our members to return to their properties and produce for the country.”
Unlike in its heyday when the CFU congress was a grand affair hosted at five star hotels, only a handful of members are expected to attend this year’s event at Art Farm outside Harare on August 8.
The CFU’s membership has been decimated by the resettlement programme which has left only 15% of its original members still active.
According to the latest CFU impact assessment survey, an estimated 485 commercial farmers out of about 3 291 operating in the country as of January 2000 have remained on the land.
Officials at the CFU said the union now has about 2 050 paid up members, the majority of whom are not on the farms but are trying to return.
“About 483 farmers are operational in one way or another while 1 567 are not certain about their future but prepared to come back to their farms and start the business all over again,” said one official.